The Revenant – Movie Review

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Release Date: 8 January 2016
Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Writers: Mark L. Smith (screenplay), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Michael Punke (based in part on the novel by)
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck
Production Co: New Regency Pictures, Anonymous Content, Appian Way
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.

Review:

I have no words to for this film. I (and possibly the rest of the audience) sat in our seats cringing during the bear scene (oops- a little spoiler alert). That was the LONGEST 5 or 10 minutes I have ever sat through scene like that. Crazy. Just CRAZY! I couldn’t do it. No way, no how!
Tom Hardy, is a great villain in this film. When I say villain, maybe I mean antagonist, not just to DiCaprio’s character, but also to Poulter and Gleeson’s characters as well. You’ll either love or hate him. The wrath though from Glass (DiCaprio) toward Fiztgerald (Hardy). My GRACIOUS. The audacity Fitzgerald has to explain himself, man. He calls himself a “God Fearing Man.” Okay, not necessarily in those words, but close. You’ll see! I like Hardy. I didn’t like Fitzgerald, but of course, that is my opinion.
The film was shot in Calgary, Alberta, Canada so you’ll see a lot trees and foilage. A beautiful setting for an 1820s Western and SO MUCH SNOW!

The perseverance in Hugh Glass is amazing. I instantly supported him, post-bear scene. You feel his pain and sorrow. There is a lot of back and forth, memories of course, but I think that is his willpower/motivation.
It’s a long movie, but not much is left out. Prepare to sit for about 2.5 hours. Go in the evening.

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