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The Revenant - Film Review

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by Helen Belli (subscribe)
I am now living in Kariong on the Central Coast
Published January 14th 2016
'Breathe, just breathe'
The Golden Globes verify what audiences have been raving about. 'The Revenant' bagged Best Picture, Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor and Best Director was won by Alejandro G. Inarritu.

The film is set in 1823 in the wilds of Canada and based on the novel 'The Revenant: A Tale of Revenge' written in 2002 by Michael Punke. It is based on the true story of Hugh Glass, the adventurer. Under no circumstances can this be called a romantic epic, nevertheless the resulting revenge sort by the Indian Chief and the 'civilised' white man Hugh Glass [Leonardo DiCaprio] is the actions of men who have been deprived of loved ones.

The film opens with the massacre of a tribe of Indians and Glass sees his Indian wife slaughtered. Then another massacre of fur trappers by a tribe of Indians looking for the stolen wife of their chief. A small group of trappers manage to escape the scene by boat and try to travel 200 miles to the safety of a Fort. It is a journey of unrelenting misery from which there is very little relief. Add murder, treachery, starvation, rape, lawlessness and revenge endured by stoic, wild men and women in a hostile environment.

After the escape, Glass goes hunting on his own and is on the brink of death after being mauled by a hugh brown bear. He is found, becomes a burden to the other members of the group and is left behind in the charge of two men. Unspeakable treachery then follows. The revenant - the man who returns from the dead, is left alone. His journey back to 'civilisation' is peppered with terrible bad luck and lifesaving good luck. Fuelled by his desire for revenge he becomes stronger with every adversity. His journey is spurred on by flashbacks of images of his dead wife and son.

'I'm not afraid to die, I've done it already''

The film was shot with natural light which enhances the sheer beauty of the snow covered mountain side. The camera gives some relief from the unrelenting drama by panning to the beauty of this environment. The cinematography and sound effects follow the drama along as the men tackle rapids, an avalanche [man made], thunder and lightning and weather that is punishing. It is impossible to look away, even at the most savage moments.

As epics go it is breathtaking. It has an ending you will have to figure out for yourself. This gruelling journey takes 2 hours and 36 minutes and worth taking. It is a salute to human endurance.

'Breath, keep breathing'

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If Leo doesn't win an Oscar for this, then he never will. An AMAZING movie!
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