It’s been quite a while since a movie was able to shock me and leave me speechless once it was over. The Revenant (or the movie that won Leo his oscar) is an amazing film based on true events about the survival of a man who was left for dead in the cold wilderness.
The story of The Revenant takes place in the 1800 and follows Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) a member of a group of pelt hunters from the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. After his camp gets ravaged by Pawnee (no not the Parks and Rec kind), causing the group to lose nearly all of its men, him and the 9 other survivors (his son among them) escape and are attempting to return back to their settlement. However, Glass gets mauled by a bear after spotting her two cubs, leaving him on the brink of death. The men in his group try to patch him up best they can, but by the looks of it, it's very unlikely for Glass to make it back to the settlement, and through many series of events that I will skip for the sake of spoilers (because you really should watch this movie.) Glass is left behind, and presumed dead. When in reality, he’s still alive. He gathers up some of the tools and materials left behind, and begins to make his way back to the settlement in any way he can.
Now, I should say now that this movie is NOT for the faint of heart in ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. The movie has VERY graphic scenes (included but not limited to: Leo eating a raw liver, ♪Blood, Blood, gallons of the stuff♪, and the innards of a horse!), and is a REALLY intense movie. But I think that’s what makes The Revenant so great, the reality of it.
This movie is VERY realistic in every way, the most famous example being the bear attack scene. It is VERY accurate, VERY intense and VERY scary (you could even say its... unbearably scary….c’mon, I know you at least snickered internally.) The VFX for the bear is absolutely phenomenal, the entire scene is done in one continuous shot and whoever made the bear model needs an award. That scene in particular, along with the rest of the movie amazed me with how real the whole thing felt. The Revenant is also based on true events, the story of Hugh Glass actually happened, which just adds to how real the film is. However, The Revenant does have flaws, it’s 2 hour and 40 minute long runtime makes it overstay its welcome by a bit. The overall pace of the movie is also quite slow, making some parts kind of boring to sit through when there isn't anything going on.
In Conclusion, The Revenant is a very intense and realistic movie. However, if you do decide to watch the movie, you’re in for an amazing film about a man’s incredible survival story and one of the best uses of VFX in all of cinema. Leonardo DiCaprio also absolutely deserved that Oscar for his amazing performance and for the things he had to actually DO in the movie (yes, he ACTUALLY ate the liver, among other things.) Though its long, and can be slow at times, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone, if they can handle it. Just don’t watch it if you're of the faint of heart... or vegan. The Revenant gets an 8/10
Rated: R Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter Released (Theaters): January 8th 2016 Released (Blu-Ray & DVD): April 19th 2016 Movie Trailer: