Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hardy star in Alejandro Inarritu’s new film highlighting one mans survival against impossible odds.

The Revenant depicts the true events of legendary explorer Hugh Glass and his journey through the wild and unpredictable landscape of the American Frontier. During an expedition into the uncharted wilderness, Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his fellow hunting team come under attack from a group of Native Americans. Forced to leave their settlement, with their numbers drastically depleted, the men begin their long journey towards home. Led by their Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson), the group venture through uncharted terrain, encountering challenging obstacles along the way, first of which being dealt to our protagonist Hugh Glass, who gets mauled within inches of death by a bear. The men keep Glass alive purely for his navigating abilities, but as they approach the mountainous terrain they are forced to leave him behind in the care of the ruthless John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), youngster Bridger (Will Poulter) and Glass’s Native American son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck). Without giving anymore story away, Glass is betrayed by Fitzgerald, abandoned and left for dead alone in the ruthless environment. The remainder of the film details Glass’s relentless quest for revenge, battling insurmountable odds making the 200-mile journey home through the ruthless wilderness.

So what’s so special about this basic revenge story? The movie was filmed completely on location in the wilds of Canada and Argentina, some locations taking the crew over two hours to travel too. Inarritu decided to reteam with Birdman cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who rose to the challenge of filming the entire movie using only natural light. This, along with the task of shooting many scenes using only one take, created what has been described as one of the most challenging film shoots in cinematic history, with some scenes having countless rehearsals and takes in order to get it right.

So was it worth it? Sitting watching The Revenant you are immediately thrown into the world, the sense of realism and beauty to each shot really does make you feel like you’re alongside the characters, experiencing what they are. Along with standout performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter, the film truly brings to life the punishing environment of the American Frontier. Already leading the awards race for winning three golden globes and being nominated for twelve Oscars, The Revenant is deserved of the praise. It is a statement of the ability to what filmmakers can achieve, with an intense script, brilliant cinematographer, resilient director and wonderful actors, the film is a magnificent example of the originality and capacity to which the movie making industry can still create among the countless remakes and reboots of todays business.

Rating: 90%
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Cast: Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Runtime: 156 Minutes

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