Movie Review: The Revenant

DiCaprio delivers perhaps his best performance ever in The Revenant. The film is starkly beautiful as it is harshly uncompromising. Photo Courtesy: 20th Century Fox
DiCaprio delivers perhaps his best performance ever in The Revenant. The film is as starkly beautiful as it is harshly uncompromising. Photo Courtesy: 20th Century Fox

By Paul Esquivel

The Revenant’s run time is two hours and thirty-six minutes, which is pretty long, however, each and every second is truly a cinematic experience to behold.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, tells the incredible story of one man’s fight for survival, his tragic battle with grief and the loss of his family, and his honorable journey for revenge. The Revenant is one of the few recent films that is emotionally driven and straight up brutal at the same time, achieving cringe worthy violence and action sequences so intense they make you flinch. The entire cast delivers an unforgettable performance, bringing these characters to life; Tom Hardy even plays his most truly vile villain role to date.

To be perfectly honest, the run-time might have an affect on a second screening at the theater, but that’s it. There are plenty of moments from the film that will still have you in awe when you are watching it again. To those saying The Revenant is grueling and overly-gory, I say it’s worth it. The battles scenes feel so natural, and the violence is never over the top so much as it’s just the frontier’s savagery. Just as an example, did you know that southerners were known for ripping off guys balls and gouging out their eyes, I shit you not. Google it.

We are introduced to our protagonist Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is the hunter for an outfit currently on a fur trading expedition. After being attacked by Natives and losing their boat, the group is forced to cut their losses and abandon the fur pelts. This infuriates trapper John Fitzgerald (played by Hardy) who blames Glass and Glass’s Half Native American son for their misfortunes. Later Glass is mauled by a bear and the wounds immobilize him making it hard for the party to trek on. The leader of the expedition, Captain Andrew Henry offers money for any men to stay behind with Glass, Fitzgerald accepts with Glass’s son and one other. Fitzgerald quickly betrays Glass attempting to bury him alive when the two are alone, but Glass’s son stumbles upon them and screams for help. To avoid being caught Fitzgerald kills him and leaves Glass for dead. Glass somehow survives but is still weak and embarks on a journey to avenge his son.

The Revenant is such an amazing movie, its brutal, heartbreaking and definitely deserves movie of the year. Even scenes with little to no dialogue convey so much, thanks to directing and acting. It’s superb film making and you have to experience it. If DiCaprio doesn’t win anything for this movie then it’s proof the curse is real or that he is just too good for us and we won’t know what we had till he’s gone.

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