The Revenant (2015)

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As you would expect from 2015’s triumphant Birdman director (also the director of the brilliant 21 Grams and Biutiful), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has gone all out this time round and brought with him heavyweight superstar Leonardo DiCaprio – who’s mere name gets a project, apparently, automatically greenlit. Throw in the very capable Tom Hardy, famed cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, famed production designer Jack Fisk and plant the whole lot with a crew of extras into the gorgeous stark freezing Alberta landscape and Action!

 

The Revenant loosely mirrors the astonishing true life story of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass who spent many years living with Pawnee Native Americans before accepting a job as part of a 100-man posse of fur trappers. After attacks by natives, Glass (DiCaprio) directs the men to new route where he is set upon by a grizzly bear. Badly maimed and left for dead, he sets out after the two men to who’s care he had been left in (Will Poulter as Jim Bridger and Tom Hardy as John Fitzgerald). What follows is nothing short of stunning, mesmerizing even. The screen pulsates with energy. The camera frames everything with such clear sharp focus, with such smooth swinging, rotating movements. Full of beautiful panoramic shots and misty moss engorged mounds, greenery, ice and snow lathered valleys and plains lit using only natural light, The Revenant is an experience to behold. There are some Terrance Malick-like musings that bring a breathy hallucinatory mysticism to proceedings as well as fleshing out Glass’ back story.

 

Whatever about the supporting cast, who are great, DiCaprio is nothing short of perfect throughout, impossible to take your eyes off – crawling and feeling and living the cold and hardship. Like method actors before him, he went through as much of the discomfort as possible. The internet is awash with the tales.

The Revenant is something of a symbiotic match made in heaven between a wildly ambitious director really hitting his stride and an actor that only wants to make big important films; an actor who has long established himself as a cut above the rest.

 

Intense, brutal and immediately immersive, this is a masterpiece of such stunning operatic epic proportions that it deserves to be up on a pedestal alongside There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men, Dances with Wolves, 12 Years a Slave and their ilk. It’s sheer scale and grandeur is astonishing.

 

The Revenant went on to win 61 awards in total, including the long-eluded Best Actor Oscar for DiCaprio.

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  • Mercy Woods 23 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    It is one of the most awesome movies I have watched. The film delivers in every way imaginable. You get flawless cinematography that completely closes the gap between the phantasmagorical and the majestic. It is a simple but has an entirely interesting narrative.

    10 / 10
  • Jeff Smith 27 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    The Revenant is one of the most refreshingly gritty movies to release in the past few decades. Not since the early nineties have we seen a period piece that actually delivers the correct type of atmosphere without being dominated by a stupid gimmick or inaccurate story.

    • Valary Beckham 30 / 09 / 2016 Reply

      This is a movie that I would like watching every now and then because it is so awesome. This is because this film has delivered in all possible aspects. This movie has not let us down in any way and therefore deserves to get a 10 star rating.

      9 / 10
    • Sherman Cleveland 30 / 09 / 2016 Reply

      This felt real. The production and performance quality were all so high up that we end up with one of the most realistic revenge tales of our time!

      When you watch this movie you feel all of the effort that went into it.

      At some points of the film I actually got cold just by looking at the scenery, and that is a level of realism that every movie should strive for!

      10 / 10
    • Alice White 05 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      I agree with all of you about this movie. This is a movie that indeed deserves to get the 10 stars. I really agree with Sherman when you say this movie felt real. Indeed this is a real movie, nothing less nothing more.

      10 / 10
    • Kate Winterburn 06 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      The Revenant lives up to the hype. It is an interesting film to watch. The production was clearly done by the best in the business, with outstanding direction, beautiful cinematography, and a brilliant script. All of these outstanding roles and performances.

      7 / 10
    • C Moreira 10 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      Though it’s a nice, emotional story, very well told, with beautiful cinematography and a great cast, I was actually expecting more from DiCaprio. He is better than what he gave us here and though he won an Oscar for this role, he has done better and harder characters.

      8 / 10
    • Jay Smith 10 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      The Revenant is one of the most refreshing period-esque movies that has been made in many years. Alejandro G. Inarritu continues to show how versatile and talented of a director he is with this thrilling release. Leonardo DiCaprio shines through as usual, and delivers one of the most intense performances of his career.

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