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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Revenant can be found here.
The Revenant is based, in part, on the 2002 novel The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michale Punke. One of the biggest changes from the source novel is the addition of Hugh Glass' son in the film. Glass' son Hawk is not part of the novel but a very large part of the film.
The weakened Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sees an image of his deceased wife. When the camera returns to his face, Glass slowly turns and looks into the camera lens. The screen goes dark, and his audible breaths continue to be heard as the credits begin. The ending moment recalls the films beginning, which opens with Glass's words, "As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You keep breathing." Glass now has no obvious reason to live, and he accepts his mortality, yet he will not invite his death. In this moment with that look into the lens, he has resolved to keep pushing so long as he has breath. Read a full explanation here.
In the tale of real-world frontiersman Hugh Glass battling for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by his crew, much of DiCaprio's screen time is spent alone, not talking, letting us know he is enduring endless pain of both the physical and emotional varieties. "It was a different type of challenge for me," DiCaprio told Grantland, "because Ive played a lot of very vocal characters. It's something that I really wanted to investigate playing a character who says almost nothing. How do you relay an emotional journey and get in tune with this man's angst without words?" Read more here.
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