Monday, February 1, 2016

The Revenant (2015)

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Duane Howard, Melaw Nakehk'o, Fabrice Adde, Arthur RedCloud

In the early 19th Century around the Dakota Territory, a group of hunters escape an attack from the Arikara's. Lead by Captain Henry (Gleeson) and his right-hand man Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) whose tactics are being questioned by the vial John Fitzgerald (Hardy). After a vicious bear attack, Glass fears for the safety of his crossbred Native son (Goodluck) while the group fear for their own well being in the harsh wilderness.

Equal amounts of extremities and intimacy, Intarriou’s follow-up to Birdman follows the same visual style and produces some of the greatest cinematography you’ll see on screen shot in various locations around Canada, America and Argentina. You can take the film as a no-holds-barred vendetta’s journey or on the same level as the Saw series, simply a gratuitous way of showing the destruction of people both physically and mentally. Either way, this apparently 'inspired by' adaptation of Michael Punke's novel is feels both harsh and real.

DiCaprio is great, there’s no question, but give the Oscar to nature; that’s the real character that wins. Hardy once again is extraordinarily grand. The Native American touches are well meaning, however they really have no bearing on anything. Once again, the ending is one scene too many. But let’s not kick a horse while it’s down. This is very sophisticated fodder for those with a game stomach.


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