After nicking the title for his last movie from a 1970s Enzo G. Castellari movie (Inglorious Basterds refashioned bizarrely as Inglourious Basterds), director Quentin Tarantino has turned to Sergio Corbucci and numerous other Django rip-offs for his latest. Django Unchained might have its origins in spaghetti westerns but this looks very different in tone (I’d call it US and spaghetti western meets southern gothic meets US history meets blaxploitation). Can you dig it? We shall see…
The teaser trailer for Django Unchained has finally hit the net and opens moodily enough with a Johnny Cash tune before changing gear into James Brown’s ace track The Payback. The trailer gives us the general gist of this epic tale with Django and a German bounty hunter teaming up to rescue the ex-slave’s wife from Leonardo DiCaprio’s plantation/brothel owner. Watch out for the wonderful crash zoom on DiCaprio for his intro.
However after Kill Bill parts 1 and 2 and Inglourious Basterds do we have some sort of ‘Vengeance’ trilogy going down? This idea of revenge has appeared throughout his work. The trailer hasn’t really left me as excited as I’d previously been for this. Alas, one should wait for the finished product …
Set in the South two years before the Civil War, DJANGO UNCHAINED stars Academy Award®-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award®-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles – dead or alive.
Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South’s most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago.
Django and Schultz’s search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award®-nominee Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of “Candyland,” an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretenses, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award®-nominee Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organization closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival…
Django Unchained opens in Uk cinemas on 18th January, 2013.
US Release Date: 25th December
UK Release Date: 18th January, 2013