Django Unchained Friday, 03 April 2020

Django Unchained

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence and themes.

  • The pitch:

    Brutal depiction of a black period in American civil history by the master of wanton violence.

  • Starring:

    Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson, Kerry Washington, Don Johnson, John Jarratt, Jonah Hill, Quentin Tarantino

  • Directed by:

    Quentin Tarantino

  • Running time:

    165 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A high level of violence persists throughout the film. Expect to see people and (less commonly) horses shot at close-range, mid-range and long-range with rifles, double-barrel shotguns or pistols. People are whipped, mutilated, branded, eye-gouged. Fist-fighting is to the death. Hair-pulling, breaking bones, fatal hammer blow. Screaming in pain and pleas for mercy are heard. A man is savaged by dogs. A raiding Ku Klux Klan mob is seen. Scars from whippings, beatings and brandings are seen. Slaves are seen bound in ankle chains. Punishment by solitary confinement (locked in a box in the ground). Violent concepts are mentioned or discussed. These include: shooting, murder, dragon-slaying, hellfire, torture, intention to kill, bounty hunting, mutilation, beatings, prostitution, slave trade/auctions. Theft, execution, explosions, whipcracks, public ridicule, yelling, arguing, arson. A human skull is mutilated. Blood/gore: Lots of blood and flesh splatter (a busload of haemophiliacs crashing into a blood bank would be less bloody). Freshly slaughtered chickens are shown.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A woman is seen naked; one breast is exposed. A naked man is shot. Kissing. Sexual banter and innuendo.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits, cocktails, fortified wine). Smoking (pipes, cigarettes, cigars).

  • LANGUAGE:

    Heavy use of f-word and n-word, s-words, b*tch, derogatory insults and name-calling.

  • THEMES:

    Slavery, violence, brutality, revenge, racial warfare, slaughter, killing for money, servitude, emancipation, freedom, partnership, deception.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Animal pelts are worn. Spitting. A brief exchange in German dialogue is subtitled.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Solid performances, retro credits and graphics, great soundtrack, Tarantino demonstrates his technical prowess as director. Daring and brave.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Long running time. Inexplicable use of Australian accents. Gratuitously violent. Self-indulgent, flamboyant.

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