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Vengeance unleashed: ‘Django Unchained’ not the average western

02/06/2013

Django Unchained is a drama/western film starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCapario, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Walton Goggins, Kerry Washington, Dennis Christopher, Laura Cayouette, M.C. Gainey and Don Johnson.

This isn’t your average western.

The film is set in the South a couple of years before the Civil War. Jamie Foxx plays a slave character named Django, whom the movie basically revolves around.

Django has brutal memories of the time he spent with his former owners.

However, this history makes him valuable to a German bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz.

Schultz is hot on the trail of Django’s former owners, the Brittle brothers, and needs the slave to lead him to them. In return for his freedom, Schultz asks Django to accompany him to the plantation where they reside so that he can kill them and claim their bounty.

On the journey to find the Brittle brothers, Schultz and Django bond and enhance their bounty hunting skills.

After assisting Schultz with his bounty business, Django focuses on finding and rescuing his beautiful German-speaking wife, Brunhilda, who is played by Kerry Washington.

She and he were separated by the slave trade, and Schultz agrees to help Django find her. Along the way Django and Schultz meet trouble and are forced to use their bounty hunting skills.

Their search finally leads them to Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Candie is the very rich property owner of “Candyland,” a well-known plantation.

Candyland is huge with slaves dressed in nice, laced clothes. The slaves there are portrayed to be happy.

Calvin Candie happens to own Django’s wife, so he and Schultz have to come up with a plan to get her back.

Under false pretenses, the two bounty hunters explore Candie’s land and talk to his slaves.

Unfortunately Stephen, a highly trusted and shrewd house slave played by Samuel L. Jackson, becomes very suspicious of their actions, leading to the movie’s climax and resolution.

The film is gratuitously violent and encourages controversy with its casual depiction of the horrors and ignorance of slavery.

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