With a running time of just over two and half hours, BAFTA winning movie, The Revenant is by no means a short film and right from the very start you have a feeling that you are going to be on a cinematic journey.
With the movie being inspired by true events, The Revenant tells the story of one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness.
Shortly after a rather moving opening to the film and then being thrown in to an attack on fur traders, which I can honestly say had me on the edge of my seat with the brilliant camera work, we travel along with legendary explorer Hugh Glass (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) who is soon after brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
What a sequence the bear attack is, its gruesome, shocking and a scene that sticks in your mind throughout the film, special when you are reminded of the attack when you see the wounds that Glass received from the attack.
His strength for survival is powered by unimaginable grief and betrayal from his confidant John Fitzgerald (played by Tom Hardy). It’s only his will and the love of his family that helps Glass survive a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.
The Revenant is a powerful movie, if somewhat a little bloated in parts, but these parts can be excused with the fantastic cinematography of the rolling landscapes.
The film also has several grizzly visuals, such as climbing in side the carcass of a horse to keep warm and eating raw meat straight from a freshly killed animal, but this works for the film and shows what has to be done to survive is such horrific conditions.[Tweet “”As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe… keep breathing.” #TheRevenant”]
Director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, has certainly directed a visual delight with the use of sweeping camera movement, such as the attack on the fur traders at the beginning of the movie and the snow covered landscapes.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy are perfect for their parts in the movie and you do start to feel for Glass (DiCaprio) as he progresses through the film and surviving the odds.
With The Revenant up for 12 Oscars, including Best Film, Actor in a Leading Role for Leonardo DiCaprico, Actor in a Supporting Role for Tom Hardy and Visual Effects, this is a film that you will want to see on the big screen to get the full effect of the movie.
It’s going to be interesting to see how The Revenant does in the Oscars, but it is visual delightful film to watch and one which I personally can’t wait to see again.
The Revenant Trailer