“A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.”
30 minutes in the atlantic and young Leo is sleeping with the fishes, but by God, old Leo can take a beating. Seriously though, this movie, is more than just a movie, it is a cinematic experience. The cinematography in this movie is simply STUNNING, like absolutely breath taking. Coupled with the fact that this film was shot with only natural lighting, and you have to hand it to Iñárritu for having the balls and getting the backing to try such a thing. All the master class filming here however is truly just a vehicle for the performances here. And they are amazing. The acting across the board here is really well done but the main cast and what can I say about Leo. His performance here is an absolute tour de force, and the best of the bunch here. Just his physical acting, using mostly his face alone in parts is on another level. I’s also pretty sure, that everything that happened in this movie actually did. Everyone who died, died, and they let a bear maul the shit out of Leo. The way this movie is shot also adds so much to the grit and physicality of the scenes that make the combat here when it happens visceral and brutal to behold. This isn’t just a revenge movie however, its much more of a human story of struggle and survival. It forces you, unwillingly mostly, to feel the pain and struggle of surviving and Iñárritu forcing you to stay in the moment with his signature deliberate film making and signature long takes. All in all, The Revenant is a real experience of a movie, and a chilling tale.
Review Score : 9 out of 10