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While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains serious injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his team leaves him for dead, a grief-stricken and vengeance fuelled Glass must utilize his skills to survive. Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the man who betrayed and abandoned him.
Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t make bad movies. That’s a fact. His track record is unbelievable. Whoever helps him decide which roles to go for is a genius plain and simple. DiCaprio on name value alone should have your interest in this movie. Need another reason? Okay sure.
The Revenant has received numerous award nominations and wins, including winning three Golden Globes as well as a nomination for Best Original Score. The film has also received 12 Academy Award nominations, including the Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, respectively. Need another reason to see it? Fine.
Personally I don’t pay all that much attention to award shows. I like the films I like, some win Oscars, others don’t. It doesn’t matter. The Revenant is based on true events, granted there’s a lot of artistic license taken here. But those changes create a compelling story and great cinema. It’s punishing, brutal, grisly, heart breaking and utterly captivating at the same time. It’s a slow burn but you are willing Hugh Glass along every step of the way, willing him on to survive.
The film looks fantastic as well. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu did a great job here. It’s filled with breathtaking cinematography. What’s going to be talked about the most though is the acting. In particular DiCaprio and Hardy although the whole cast do a great job. We get an extremely powerful performance from Leonardo but I think it’s Hardy who steals the show. As good as DiCaprio is as Glass, Tom Hardy is better as the sinister Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is a disgusting, vile man and it’s Hardy’s performance that really makes you believe that. After all the main reason you want to see Glass survive is because Fitzgerald is such a repulsive man. By the end of the journey you are desperate to see him get his revenge.
If you are going to see one movie this Oscar season. Make sure it’s this one.