Release Date: December 25, 2012
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 165 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
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Set two years before the Civil War, the story follows the epic travels of a newly freed slave named Django. Django travels across the country on horseback with the man who freed him, Dr. King Schultz. Schultz is a bounty hunter and needs Django to help him identify a trio of murderous brothers wanted by the law. They soon track down and kill the brothers. Dhango seems to show a particular affinity for the job of tracking down evil white folks and killing them.
After killing the three brothers, Schultz proposes to Django that they team up for the winter as bounty hunters. Django agrees, if Schultz will help him search for his wife, Broomhilda, who was sold separately by their former slave owners because they had tried to escape together. Schultz agrees, because he believes fate led them together because Django’s wife was named by a German slave owner. Also, Schultz considers the idea of slavery as particularly barbaric, even though, as a bounty hunter, he shows no mercy to the criminals he’s chasing. After all, Schultz reasons, the men they chase are wanted dead or alive.
After the winter, Schultz and Django learn that Hildy was sold to Candieland, a notorious slave plantation run by a vicious slave owner named Calvin Candie. Candie makes bets on male slaves he owns who are forced to compete in brutal fights to the death. Django and Schultz try to trick Candie into selling them Hildy and one of his black fighters. However, Candie’s elderly, obsequious house slave, Stephen, is very suspicious about their motives. Eventually, a bloodbath ensues.
The first two acts of DJANGO UNCHAINED hold the audience’s attention, but contain some graphic gun deaths and nearly constant crude language. When people are shot, for example, blood erupts from their bodies like a volcano spewing lava. The stylized violence becomes over-the-top and super-offensive during the third act in a protracted, frenetic shootout. After the shootout, Django is captured and brutalized. Then, when he escapes again, he mercilessly murders the female slave owner even though she physically didn’t take part in the abuse he suffers.
DJANGO UNCHAINED is also marred by a gratuitous, excessive use of the “n” word. Also, although the plot contains one evil black man, Steven, and one “good” white man, Schultz, the story and characters are a bizarre, contradictory combination of rampant racism and an attack on the evils of slavery. MOVIEGUIDE® could find no evidence of slave owners in the South forcing black slaves to fight to the death. That doesn’t mean it didn’t occur, of course, but there’s already too much revisionist history on the issue of slavery, much of which is done just to make the United States and the South seem as evil as possible.
DJANGO UNCHAINED is shot, edited, and photographed very well. As usual, Tarantino’s colorful dialogue is intriguing. However, the amount of brutality, violence, and crude language in DJANGO UNCHAINED is gratuitous and abhorrent. It detracts from any enjoyment viewers might derive from the rest of the movie. Discerning, media-wise moviegoers will find DJANGO UNCHAINED too offensive, disgusting and demeaning.
DJANGO UNCHAINED is shot, edited and photographed well. As usual, Tarantino’s colorful dialogue is intriguing. However, the amount of brutality, graphic violence, and crude language in DJANGO UNCHAINED is gratuitous and abhorrent. Discerning, media-wise moviegoers will find DJANGO UNCHAINED too offensive, disgusting and demeaning.