Arresting, visceral, and deeply poignant, The Revenant is one of the absolute must-see cinema experiences of the year.
“As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight”. This is the iron-willed mantra that beats through The Revenant; never give up the fight, and boy howdy there is a profuse amount of fighting, or rather ferocious, blood-drenched warring. Arrows splicing through flesh; bear attacks; Leonardo DiCaprio left to perish in the wilderness, this one is not for the faint hearted, but cinema-goers tough enough to brave it will be rewarded with a nail-biting, spine-tingling blockbuster.
Directed by Alejandro Inarritu, The Revenant tells the embellished true story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s who is left fighting for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Glass, giving a forcefully emotive performance, which has bagged him a Golden Globe, as well as an Oscar nomination. The film itself is nominated for a whopping twelve Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Cinematography. Emmanuel Lubezki is the mastermind behind the films beautiful cinematography, who has won two Oscars in a row for his work on Gravity and Birdman. Magnificent shots of the stunning scenery and the powerful performances of the cast, who among Leo includes Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson, combine in encapsulating the wilderness so terrifically that audiences will truly feel the glacial chill of this frosty, bleak world. Lending a real sense of authenticity to this gripping survival story is the fact that the cast and crew shot on location in such remote areas, and that Inarritu insisted on working with only the natural light. Talking about his experience on this gruelling set, DiCaprio stated: “I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. I was enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly.” Well, risking frostbite will certainly seem worth it Leo when you finally collect that long overdue Oscar, which he surely will be awarded after such a riveting performance.
Nominated for eight BAFTAs, winner three Golden Globes, and of course in contention for those impressive twelve Oscars, The Revenant is powerful, visceral, and deeply poignant; most definitely one of the absolute must-see cinema experiences of the year.