While exploring the uncharted wilderness in the 1800s, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glas...more
While exploring the uncharted wilderness in the 1800s, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. less
“Stunningly shot & brilliantly performed, The Revenant belongs to DiCaprio”
Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is badly mauled by a bear - twice, before he kills it and survives. He survives the pain of stitches and an attempt on his life by Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), originally a member of his own team of pelt-collectors, constantly bickering about his presence as the party is hunted by the natives called the Ree. Captain Andrew Henry, who trusts Glass to be his guide through the trechearous terrains after a fur-collecting expediton, has a conscience but doesn't believe Glass will survive the ordeal after being badly injured by a bear in the forest. Nevertheless he pays Fitzerald, Glass' adopted son and another member to take care of Glass and give him a proper burial once he is dead. Fitzgerald plays foul and leaves Glass to die a painful death. But the latter survives through all sorts of terrible circumstances, almost chasing Fitzgerald for revenge.
The Revenant is a painful movie to watch. Leonardo has very little to say and a lot to emote but at most junctures he is overshadowed by the antagonist played by Tom Hardy. Hardy is a cutthroat character with no morals. After an arduous journey both for Glass and the audience, we come to the showdown but the revenge saga looks quite pointless after the scale of the toughness of Glass' survival through extremely slim chances.
The greatest strength of the movie is Emmanuel Lubezki's stunning cinematography with close-ups, bokehs, vast landscapes, great lighting, sun-shining in contrast to the snows, pines and azure skies. The angles he uses to pan on the action each time is breathtaking and Lubezki might end up with a hat-trick of Oscars for his magnificent effort. Between Hardy and DiCaprio, it is the former with a better chance of winning an Oscar, although the sheer determination of Glass' character is brought out well. From burning his own throat to seal his wound, to splitting a dead horse open to surviving a snow-storm, Glass puts us through some unbelievable scenes and situations. Alejandro Innaritu's genius doesn't quite come across well in the movie as the screenplay is developed with plenty of weak characters, clueless Indians and a story that is often allowd to drift. All in all, it is not a bad movie to watch, but isn't a great one too, considering the hype and the behind the scenes stories about the movie and its rigors. It may test your patience and the ending is not quite rewarding whether it is in terms of the resolution of the problem or the way the characters settle their scores, Glass and Fitzgerald both showing their survival abilities par excellence. The movie has 12 Oscar nominations and will definitely take a few home but one doubts if those will include Best Motion Picture or Best Director. I'll be surprised if it wins those!