The Revenant (2015) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace

the-revenant-2015-2It technically may have been released back in 2015 but it makes its way in full release this January. Director Alejandro Iñárritu, who was acclaimed for the visually pleasing ‘Birdman‘, returns in a story of revenge and survival. When left to die following a bear attack and seeing his son get murdered, a Frontier man, Hugh Glass, fights his way back to get revenge on the man who took everything away from him. The film sees Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy team together in putting a dramatic and intense effort that pays off in so many ways.

There is so much to like about ‘The Revenant‘ that Alejandro Iñárritu continues to impress not just by the story but the ride you take. Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance was excellent as your invested in his character who already had lost so much to then lose the one thing that mattered most. Alongside DiCaprio is Tom Hardy who plays the character of John Fitzgerald who is more concerned about himself then the well being of others. Even though Hardy’s performance wasn’t at the forefront of the film you still are invested in his character who is only to be despised throughout.


Aside from the performances we also have to talk about the cinematography cause the movie looked gorgeous. Emmanuel Lubezki, who also did the camera work for ‘Birdman’, also returned to take our breath away by the amazing scenery. Filming took place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where the flow of the rivers and the rocky mountain tops found dangers from all corners for Glass. Even the location of filming was a character in itself because of the natural beauty and attention put on water streams, snow, and the trees as we saw Glass battle his way for survival.


One of the things I enjoyed most about ‘The Revenant‘ was that it pulls you in from beginning to end; especially in the opening moments. The scene where Glass gets attacked by the grizzly bear your just imaging how horrifying it would be to be in his place and the brutality that follows. His injuries were hard to watch at times but you couldn’t look away because of DiCaprio’s character’s willingness to fight back. The moments he felt helpless you wanted to see him get back on his feet. The climactic showdown towards the end made the journey all but worth it and more. Together with the performances from Hardy and DiCaprio, ‘The Revenant‘ is a pleaser of a movie and is gorgeous to watch.

In what definitely could be an Oscar performance for Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘The Revenant’ is a thrilling experience. Iñárritu pulls it off once again and can only make one look forward to his next project. Go see ‘The Revenant‘.

Rating: 8/10


What do you guys think? Have you or are planning to watch the movie? Comment below and tell us your thoughts.


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