The Revenant

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The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio battles the elements in this fierce Western from Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

After the playful, urban and contemporary vibe of Birdman, this bleak 1820s-set Western sees Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu return to the darker worldview of his earlier films like Babel and 21 GramsBased on a 2002 Michael Punke novel about real-life folk hero Hugh Glass, The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio (gruff, committed, unreadable) as a fur trapper and frontiersman left for dead by his colleagues in a wintry American landscape after being shredded by a bear. Glass survives, and he hauls his damaged body through snow, across rivers, up rocks and over plains in pursuit of John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy, savage with a dash of much-needed black humor), the man responsible for abandoning him and forcing him to watch his young son of mixed-race parentage being murdered. So, it’s not a happy tale. But what survives from Birdman is a compelling, forward-moving, simple approach to storytelling that grips us through stretches of silence and misery.

There are times when the film feels like one long and unforgiving act of sadism, mostly directed at its lead character, but occasionally at us. (A warning: The film is long, the dialogue is minimal and the violence is sharp.) There are moments, too, that feel like parodies of awards-hungry acting, such as when we see DiCaprio chomping on raw animal meat or climbing into the steaming carcass of a dead horse. But what makes this more than just a punishing, fearful, expertly crafted thriller focused on one man’s endurance is Emmanuel Lubezki’s attractive, thoughtful cinematography. Lubezki’s work will be familiar to viewers of Terrence Malick’s recent films (including The Tree of Life) for the timeless sense of soulfulness that he can lend to a landscape. Here, that same visual style, coupled with the film’s concern for the Native American experience and its compassion for the father-child bond, makes The Revenant not just gruelling, but often gorgeous and quietly spiritual.

Release details

Release date:
Friday December 25 2015
156 mins

Cast and crew

Alejandro González Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith
Tom Hardy
Leonardo DiCaprio
Will Poulter

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4.3 / 5

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Really enjoyed this film.  Visually amazing, and great performances by both Tom Hardy and Leo DiCaprio.  At times, the Revenant can get a little slow for some viewers, and many will notice that Leo's character doesn't have all that many lines.  At the same time, he gives a fantastic non-verbal performance (won the Golden Globe).  I would almost argue that Tom Hardy's performance as the villain is almost as good, being the type of character that you love to hate. I almost completely forgot it was him during the whole movie.  My two favorite scenes in the movie are the opening sequence (filmed basically constant), and the bear attack scene.  Definitely would recommend to others.

"My heart bleeds. But revenge is in the creator's hands".

The Revenant is set in the 1820s, in the uncharted wilderness of America, Hugh Glass set out with a hunting party on an expedition. Glass was mauled by a bear and left for dead but through sheer will and to get back to his family, Glass survived - but that wasn't the only thing on his mind as he set out to payback the men who left him behind.

I remember last year around January time when I saw the two images for The Revenant, with Leo holding a Kentucky Flintlock Rifle looking like he's not playing around. Those two images straight away caught my interest. I then found out it was directed by the magnificent Alejandro González Iñárritu who did the Oscar wining "Birdman" (a movie that I personally loved). The Revenant quickly became my most anticipated movie of 2015, as I was looking forward to this movie more than Star Wars, and yes I said it. And after finally seeing the movie myself, I can safely say that I was not disappointed. The Revenant is one of the most stunning, brutal, intense, grizzly movie experience I've ever had. The movie isn't for everyone, but I loved it.

Alejandro González Iñárritu is starting to become my 3rd favorite director working today, because he's such an old school director when it comes to storytelling by the use of art. There's been a lot of drama happening behind the scenes of this movie, with the weather stopping the production or if someone made a mistake while filming, the crew must stop for the day and wait until tomorrow, because one mistake could lose a lot of day light for a scene (It was shot in natural lighting). One of the studios suggested that the movie should be shot using computer generated to make things much easier, but luckily Iñárritu said no to the idea by stating, "If we ended up in greenscreen with coffee and everybody having a good time, everybody will be happy, but most likely the film would be a piece of shit." And after seeing the movie I gotta say that it was the perfect decision, because it's very rare for a director today to take that risk and avoid what the studio says. Yes there are some CGI scenes, but the way that the animated effect's blended together with the practical effect's is handled incredibly well. This is one of the best directed movies I've seen in 2015 and I know Iñárritu already won an Oscar already, but I hope he wins another one for this, because never before have I seen a revenge tale presented so unique and utterly magnificent.

I respect Leonardo DiCaprio as an actor, but in this movie, he sleeps inside of a dead horse naked and eats raw food from animals, now if this doesn't get him an Oscar, nothing will. He's performance in this movie is what a call 'a silent performance', because Leo barley has that much lines in the movie and the only time he dose get to talk is in a different language (which Leo has said it was tricky to learn the language). DiCaprio has proven time and time again that he's more than a pretty face, but in this movie I only saw Hugh Glass, not DiCaprio. That's my biggest praise I have to give to Leo, as he had to deliver all the emotions, the pain and the tortured soul that Hugh Glass. All of that was all through his face and eyes and trust me when I say this, but it's not easy as you think. We are so use to seeing Leo as the angry, pretty boy billionaire in every movie he's in, but in this movie I thought he was fantastic. He played the man who lost everything. With very little lines he had, he still manages to make a powerful performance that's so far his best. I really hope Leo gets an Oscar for this.

Tom Hardy also gave an Oscar worthy performance in this movie. I've heard that some people had trouble understanding him in this movie (or just in everything that he's in really). Sometimes I didn't understand what he said but for the most part I did. But all that a side, I still think he was fantastic in the movie. He really added a lot to his character, because sometimes you understand the things that he dose in movie and yes the things he dose in the movie are wrong, but in a rough environment that these people are in, you would likely do the same. I'm not sure if he would get in for best supporting actor, but I hope he dose.

I'm running out of things to say about Emmanuel Lubezki breathtaking cinematography. The camera work and how he makes the camera feel like a character of it's own is seriously impressive. Lubezki captures nature on film, that shows it's beauty and it's unpredictable surprises. The people running the Oscars should just give Lubezki his third Oscar right now, because he's going to take that third trophy home.

For flaws I had with the film it that some of the character logic towards the end of the movie didn't make that much senses to me. And that's it.

Overall rating: "The Revenant" is one of most intense and stunning movies I've seen in 2015. The score is haunting, the editing was top notch and that bear attack scene was just terrifying. I mean how the hell did they do that? I don't know about you, but I honestly can't stop thinking about this movie. It's one of those movies that sticks with you after it's over and it isn't going away anytime soon.

By the time I saw this movie, there was already plenty of hype and buzz about how incredible it is, so it was hard not to go in with high expectations. I wasn't let down though, and I thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. Tom Hardy was incredible as a supporting actor, the cinematography was beautiful, and even though Leo barely says a word throughout the film, his performance is still totally Oscar-worthy. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Alejandro González Iñárritu comes up with next...


This movie was very good, but very taxing at the same time. Although there is minimal dialogue it is beautifully shot and manages to keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. I found myself to be quite tired after watching as Leo's character is literally running from the death the entire time. Pretty suspenseful and very touching. I'm not sure if I would say his performance is Oscar-worthy, only because he barely speaks BUT it was definitely amazing. I watched a few interviews afterward about how difficult it was to shoot, and if anything everyone should win Oscars for enduring those conditions.

The Revenant is one of most intense, stunning, brutal movies I've seen in 2015. The score is haunting, the editing was top notch and that bear attack scene was just terrifying, I mean how the hell did they do that?. I don't know about you, but I honestly can't stop thinking about this movie. It's one of those movies that sticks with you after it's over and it isn't going away anytime soon.

The detail that was put into the costume design and visual effects in this film will leave you in awe. DiCaprio captures the audience with barely any dialogue, which makes him an even more interesting character to follow during his treacherous journey. Revenant will tug at your heart strings, keep you on the edge of your seat, and possibly make you want to puke (i.e. bear attack). Overall it was an incredible film, definitely worth watching if you have roughly 3 hours to spare.

You will never see Leonardo Dicaprio look this gross in a movie....

Acting was phenomenal, great visuals. The way they shot the film made it seem like you were sitting there experiencing it first hand. It was a long movie but it definitely keeps your attention the entire time and never drags. Recommend seeing this one!

I gave it two stars only because the acting is solid. The story is a rip off from an old movie called the The man for all seasons, starring Richard Harris. If you think you will enjoy watching Leanardo crawl around in the snow for two plus hours, then you will like this movie. I would suggest seeing Star Wars or 13 hours:The secret soldiers of Benghazi. Both are must see five star movies......


I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by this film. I went in thinking it was going to be about a man wandering around the wilderness for 2 1/2 hours, but it was so much more than that. It's a story about survival, strength, and revenge. Leonardo DiCaprio is amazing, and definitely deserves his first Oscar win for this movie! He barely says more than 15 words in the first hour and a half and he is still amazing. Tom Hardy is also incredible, playing an evil and selfish part of the fur trader group. If you don't do well with blood/violence, this is not the movie for you. If you plan on seeing it in NYC, get tickets in advance. If you're having trouble getting tickets, try the Times Square theater - I was surprised that on opening night, while the 6 movie theaters I tried to get tickets from were sold out, Times Square was not sold out - and the theater wasn't even completely packed! 

This movie was excellent, however, I will say it's not for the weak-stomached. There are a few scenes that are pretty gory, one involves a bear, the other involves a horse (someone call PETA!). Leonardo and Tom Hardy did a great job in this film. The costume in this film is on point, and the scenery is breathtaking. It is intense from beginning to end, and doesn't disappoint. Also, it's roughly 2:40 hours long, just to keep in mind in case you have plans afterward!