PUBLISHED: 11:37 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:37 17 January 2013
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A-list cast brings Quentin’s gripping tale of American slavery to life.
THE latest offering from a director who has brought us some of the coolest movies ever made tackles a subject which has dogged America throughout its relatively short history.
Quentin Tarantino, the man behind Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, sets his sights on the world of slavery in Django Unchained (18). And a stellar cast has been assembled to tackle the story.
Set in America’s south two years before the Civil War, Jamie Foxx plays Django, a slave whose brutal history lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz).
Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to them. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles - dead or alive.
Django eventually secures his freedom, but the two men choose to stay together to seek out the south’s most wanted criminals. Honing his hunting skills, Django remains focussed on finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade years before.
The unlikely duo’s search leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), proprietor of Candyland, an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretences, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Candie’s trusted house slave Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson). Their moves are soon marked, and Candie’s treacherous organisation closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, sacrifice and survival.
Django Unchained hits cinemas nationwide tomorrow (Fri).
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