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The Revenant (2015)

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A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

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Mark L. Smith (screenplay), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 86 wins & 181 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Hugh Glass
Tom Hardy ... John Fitzgerald
Domhnall Gleeson ... Captain Andrew Henry
Will Poulter ... Bridger
Forrest Goodluck ... Hawk
Paul Anderson ... Anderson
Kristoffer Joner ... Murphy
Joshua Burge ... Stubby Bill
Duane Howard ... Elk Dog
Melaw Nakehk'o Melaw Nakehk'o ... Powaqa
Fabrice Adde ... Toussaint
Arthur RedCloud ... Hikuc
Christopher Rosamond ... Boone (as Christopher Rosamund)
Robert Moloney ... Dave Stomach Wound
Lukas Haas ... Jones
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Storyline

While exploring uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. Written by Jwelch5742

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(n. One who has returned, as if from the dead.) See more »


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Rated R for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Hong Kong | Taiwan

Language:

English | Pawnee | French

Release Date:

8 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$135,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$471,000, 27 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,637,894

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$532,950,503
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Leonardo DiCaprio's Best Actor Oscar win marks the fourth year in a row that the Best Actor Oscar went to an actor playing a real-life person, starting with Daniel Day-Lewis playing Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln (2012), Matthew McConaughey playing Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club (2013), and Eddie Redmayne playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014). Additionally, in the most recent three Oscar years, four of the five Best Actor nominees have played real life people. See more »

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Around 00:57:06, Bridger's hairs are dry. Around 00:57:23, he's always laying down and his hairs are wet and covered by snow. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hugh Glass: [in pawnee] It's okay son... I know you want this to be over. I'm right here. I will be right here... But you don't give up. You hear me? As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe... keep breathing.
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Imagining Buffalo
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Linear survival tale in which revenge becomes secondary
25 January 2016 | by plpregentSee all my reviews

I haven't seen all of Alejandro González Iñárritu's films. Those I have seen were excellent or at least very good: "Amores Perros", "21 Grams", "Babel" and "Birdman".

When I saw the trailer for "The Revenant", needless to say, I immediately thought it had tremendous potential and got pretty hyped up about it. It showed gorgeous, naturally-lit cinematography, dynamic directing, a historical depiction of the early 19th century savagery, and what seemed to be quite a visceral performance by Leonardo DiCaprio.

I thought that, with Iñárritu's name attached to it, this would be a much deeper film than what I ended up watching, at least in its depictions of history, first nations, and in its ability to exploit classic themes such as revenge and survival.

Without saying that "The Revenant" is an empty shell (although a gorgeous one), Iñárritu's film fails to impress when it comes to depth, thanks to a linear and predictable narrative structure, one dimensional characters, and a revenge plot that never manages to be compelling to the audience.

DiCaprio offers a demanding, physical performance with very little dialogue, but his character, always in survival mode, never reached me emotionally. All the agony grunting and wincing, enhanced by the costumes and make up sure make the character believable, but the script never allows the character to develop or to unfold anything that goes beyond an extremely narrow range of emotions. Very unfortunate.

Tom Hardy is okay as the antagonist, another character that suffers from his development being jilted by the writers. This is an unfortunate mistake to make in a revenge-themed film, where the antagonist is supposed to nourish the quest. In "The Revenant", the antagonist is barely a background character that will leave the audience almost emotionless and neutral.

The directing (Alejandro González Iñárritu) and cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki) are the highlights here. Visually, "The Revenant" is flawless. The framing of the shots, the camera movements and the snowy, low-saturation imagery are all gorgeous. Some scenes are absolutely incredible to watch.

Editing-wise, Stephen Mirrione could have cut a few corners here and there. And this is coming from a movie enthusiast who sure appreciates a slow-paced film. Watching Hugh Glass walk through the endless forest was great, but you do see at least a dozen very-low angle shots of trees. They're just as beautiful as they're eerie, but slightly redundant at times.

Overall, "The Revenant" is not a bad film. It just isn't a great one either. It does have its moments. Definitely a case of style over substance, "The Revenant" disappoints both as a revenge tale and as a meditation on the savagery of both man and nature. Plot-wise, its flaws keep "The Revenant" in a linear survival tale in which revenge becomes secondary.

Too bad.


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