The Revenant ****

“The Revenant” is the latest from Alejandro Inarritu. He won last years Oscar for best director for his electrifying film “Birdman”. Here he directs Leonardo DiCaprio in the true life story of fur trader Hugh Glass. Glass lead an expedition of trappers as they venture into unsettled wilderness. When they were attacked by First Nations people about half his party is killed while the rest are on the run. Making matters worse, Glass is attacked by a wild mother bear protecting her cubs. He is wounded and left for dead but not before watching Tom Fitzgerald, a criminal, murder his son in front of him.

The story then follows Glass as he miraculously puts himself back together enough and begins to make his trek towards a settlement so he can seek revenge on Fitzgerald. His journey is backdropped by some seriously gorgeous yet perilous terrain.

Inarritu apparently opted to shoot this entire film in real locations using nothing but natural light. The result is a film that looks and feels about as real and as raw as it gets. Never have I been so immersed in the setting of a film like this. This is the films true power.

The performances are also some kind of revelation. After so many great roles performed by Leonardo DiCaprio was there anything from him we had not seen? Apparently so because he gives it his all here. If he does not win the Academy award that he desperately wants then he never will.

My only gripe with this movie is with the performance by Tom Hardy, one of my favourite actors. He plays Fitzgerald and there was something kind of over the top about his accent. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

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