Revenge can drive a person to extremes

posted May 11, 2016, 11:12 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 1:27 PM ]
The Revenant – Movie Review

Revenant means a person who has returned – supposedly from the dead. And, this movie, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and staring Oscar winner, Leonardo DiCaprio, is all about returning from the dead and gaining revenge. The film is loosely based upon the true story of Hugh Glass.

Here is a summary of The Revenant.

While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains life-threatening injuries from a brutal bear attack. When a member (Tom Hardy) of his hunting team kills his young son (Forrest Goodluck) and leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back to civilization. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, the legendary fur trapper treks through the snowy terrain to track down the man who betrayed him.

The sure beauty of the Montana mountains often overshadows the ugliness and raw violence depicted. The scenic photography is calming and breathtaking, but the close ups are bloody and savage. Probably 120 minutes of the 156-minute film is of Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) surviving one near death experience after another. There were times where I wanted the movie to end because Glass’ constant struggles wear on you. Yet, I found myself routing for Glass; wanting him to confront the man, well played by Tom Hardy, who killed his son and left Glass for dead.  

I give the film 4 out of 5 stars. It is rated ‘R’ for extreme violence.

If you like The Revenant, check out the 1972 movie Jeremiah Johnson starring Robert Redford. It is also about a man’s survival in the mountains in the mid-1800s. I watch it every couple of years because of its raw beauty, the actors and the great story. It is rated ‘PG’.