THE REVENANT (15)
THE REVENANT (15)
Run time: 151mins
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter
Synopsis: Inspired by true events in the life of the legendary frontiersman, Hugh Glass, ‘The Revenant’ tells an epic tale of survival and the triumph of the human spirit. In an expedition into the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Glass endures unimaginable grief on top of the betrayal and must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit of life and redemption.
Master film-maker Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, 2015; Biutiful, 2010; Babel, 2006; 21 Grams, 2003) has won three Golden Globes (Best Director, Best Picture and Best Performance by an Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio) and twelve Oscar nominations for this truly breathtaking, epic art western, which is part thriller and part an unforgettable tale of human resilience and revenge.
Leonard DiCaprio gives a superhuman acting performance that immerses you in this neo-realist style film – which at times almost feels like a documentary – as Hugh Glass, frontiersman, fur trapper, and explorer, who was born in Pennsylvania to Scots-Irish parents. Glass is most widely known for his story of survival and retribution after being left for dead by companions, following his mauling by a grizzly bear. He is said to have made his way crawling and stumbling 200 miles to Fort Kiowa in South Dakota, without benefit of supplies or weapons.
The Revenant was shot by acclaimed cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman, 2014; Gravity, 2013), in natural daylight, chronologically over nine months in the extreme cold temperatures of the film’s beautifully remote locations in USA, Canada and Argentina.
We are treated to an immersive and visceral cinematic experience as Glass navigates a vicious winter in a relentless bid to stay alive and find redemption. The ensemble cast is superb, with especially strong work from Tom Hardy as John Fitzgerald, Glass’s prime antagonist who betrays him, from Domhnall Gleeson as Captain Andrew Henry and from Will Poulter as young Jim Bridger.
Action takes precedence over dialogue, which is spare and often in French or Native American, and which is admirably backed up by an outstanding musical score by Ryuichi Sakamoto, amongst others. Overall the film is an awe-inspiring experience that is destined to become a genre classic.
Images courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox