The Revenant

The production of the Revenant (meaning: ‘a person who has returned from the dead’) was notoriously torturous, filmed in gruelling conditions without much let up for cast or crew. This is reflected in the film. It is, fair to say, unrelentingly brutal, with both the human and natural elements conspiring against Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), a frontiersman left for dead after a horrifying bear attack, filmed in excruciating close up over a seemingly interminable length of time. In the midst of the downbeat narrative, Emmanuel Lubezki’s camera drinks in the impossibly beautiful locations, breath-taking and foreboding, taking on a life of their own. The film’s centrepiece, however, is DiCaprio, ferocious in his efforts, both as actor and as the film’s protagonist, with an impossible will to survive, overcoming the most unimaginable of obstacles (yes, he did actually sleep inside a dead horse). Not for the faint-hearted.
Rated: 3/5

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