Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
If you were mauled to the brink of death, traveling across the American frontier, going days without food, and battling against the unforgiving winter, would you even want to fight anymore? There is only one thing to push someone over the edge to stop at nothing to get what they want. Family.
Taking place in the pre Civil War era, the Revenant follows an unnamed fur trapper (DiCaprio) through the American Mid-West. His journey is filled with threats including injury, wildlife, natives, and the elements. Nothing will come between him and his goal, revenge. He must avenge his family. The movie has a general theme behind it showing how anything is possible with persistence. Its Inspiring to see someone go to such great lengths to achieve a goal, both as a character and an actor.
DiCaprio portrays his character so precisely and believably, it’s hard to see how he cant win an Oscar for this one. He is a true method actor, eating raw liver for one scene, and Stuffing himself inside a real animal carcass.
The Revenant has some of the best cinematography I have ever seen in a movie before. Emmanuel Lubezki, the film’s lead cinematographer, should be applauded for his breathtaking landscapes scenes. The movie was filmed with only natural lighting which may be why it was so beautiful. Having said that, it was rather difficult to film this way. There was a nine month filming period for an 80 day film. This was due to the remoteness of the locations, and the elements of winter hindering progress. This filming styling gave the movie a very genuine fell to its’ atmosphere.
The Revenant is full of wild adventure that will pull you in and not spit you out. There just isn’t lot of negatives with this film; and if there are, you are going to look pretty hard for them. This painfully realistic movie is not for the lighthearted, but if you can get past that, you are in for one heck of a treat.