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Django off the chain

Tarantino's new film brings the 'Bad Man' back

Published: Monday, January 28, 2013

Updated: Monday, January 28, 2013 14:01

Django Unchained

Courtesy of Colombia Pictures

Django (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. Schultz (Christoph Waltz) are a dynamic duo in this Old Western tale.

Quentin Tarantino has amazed us with adrenaline pumping films such as “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction” and many more.

Now, he has done it again with “Django Unchained” in which action, romance and comedy are crammed together.

The plot follows freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) and bounty hunter Dr. Schultz (Christoph Waltz) as they search for Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington).

Along the way, they leave a path of bodies in their wake.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the part of a cruel slave owner, Candie, and Samuel L. Jackson acts as his stereotypical “Uncle Tom” houseman, Stephen.

The introduction sets the tone for the movie with enslaved males — one of them being Django — trekking across the desert in shackles.

The opening theme, “Django,” blends well with the Old Western atmosphere. 

The soundtrack is very fitting as a whole and adds suspense to the scenes. Rick Ross’ “100 Black Coffins” reflects the grim and deadly setting of the film with a haunting tune.

John Legend, 2Pac and Anthony Hamilton also make an appearance on the soundtrack.

Other tracks vary from hip-hop to classical music.

Not one to shy away from controversy, Tarantino draws focus to the harsh realities of the time period.

In the opening scene, the camera slowly pans to the scarred, bloodied backs of the slaves.

Certain characters frequently drop the N-bomb throughout the course of the film.

Tarantino successfully balances the blood and gore with dark humor, a signature technique of his.

In one scene, the director gives a hilarious and mocking take of the Ku Klux Klan with a group of bumbling bag heads. 

The name of Candie’s mansion, Candyland, also provides a bit of ironic, comedic relief.

Gun battles and chase scenes keep you on the edge of your seat. The gun battles are what make the film great.

The ending shootout between Django and Candie’s men is captured from every angle imaginable.

The shots are really fantastic (exaggerated gun wounds included).

Each actor gives an authentic performance but the stand-out of the film is a draw between DiCaprio and Jackson.

DiCaprio is truly deplorable and realistic as the main villain. His Oscar snub was unfortunate, indeed.

Jackson is barely recognizable in this role that strays from his typical tough-as-nails characters.

The suspense keeps you guessing. Some scenes are nail-biters.

Overall, “Django Unchained” is adrenaline pumping madness throughout.

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