In 1820s America, frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) joins a pelt-gathering expedition along with his teenage son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck). When attacks by Arikara Indians claim the lives of many of the men in the party, Glass leads a small group on a new path back to a U.S. fort. While attempting to hunt game on the journey, Glass is mauled by a grizzly bear and horribly wounded. Assumed he'll be dead soon, Glass is left under the care of roughneck John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), and the young and inexperienced Jim Bridger (Will Poulter) as Hawk watches on in horror. Fitzgerald betrays Glass and leaves him for dead, alone and unarmed. Glass nurses himself back to health and charts a course of revenge. Alejandro González Iñárritu directed this pulse-pounding epic. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Lukas Haas
Rated R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language
and brief nudity
Runtime: 2 hr. 36 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Suspense/Thriller
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow up to last years Oscar winning Birdman is beautiful film which shows you a lot more than it ever tells you. Iñárritu leans on symbolism and some quasi spiritual visions more than outright exposition throughout, leaving us with a soulful, if grittier, Jack London style story. The bear attach scene and the opening attach sequence, which looks like it’s shot in a single take, will leave the biggest impression but at its base it’s a straightforward revenge tale with very little else going on. Its bear bones approach might turn off some since it only gives us passing details of DiCaprio’s character but never goes into much detail about it. DiCaprio’s performance is mostly based off grunts and screams intermixed with passing bits of dialogue. He’s impressively committed to the roles especially through the adverse conditions he went through while filming the movie. While, DiCaprio is excellent, I left the film more impressed by Tom Hardy’s performance. Hardy is a given a slightly meatier role, so much so that sometimes he feels like the main character more so than DicCaprio’s. It’s an interesting juxtaposition to watch, each succeeds, along with the film. The Revenant falls just short of reaching the level of Birdman but still an impressive bit of film making none the less.