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Evan Wheatley - wrote on 10/21/2016
Revenant (n. one who has returned, as if from the dead)
Icy water trickles gently over the rocks. All is quiet. As the camera tilts up and pans to the right, the barrel of a gun creeps out from behind a tree. Two armed hunters are now visible, moving with caution over the steady flow of the stream.
A nearby gunshot shatters the calm. The men stop. Another shot.
Screams of terror and fury fill the air as the two men return to their hunting party. Arikara Indians gallop around the camp of fur trappers. Their arrows whiz past the two men, piercing the skulls of others around them.
A small group of survivors flees the Arikara. Reaching a boat offshore, the remaining trappers drift down the Missouri River, battered and defeated, carrying only a fraction of the beaver furs …
ikkegoemikke - wrote on 07/18/2016
"I ain't afraid to die anymore. I'd done it already."
You have movies with bloody scenes so exaggerated that it actually becomes laughable. Take for example "The hateful Eight". Liters of blood spatter around in this film. It's not really meant to be funny but it isn't shocking either after a while. The key moment in "The Revenant" however, is so incredibly realistic and bloody painful to behold. A dashing exploit of CGI and choreography. The interplay between DiCaprio and the computer animated bear had to be meticulously coordinated. I think this required some scrupulous work, resulting in an impressive battle scene. Had it been a real-life, trained bear, I'd give this bear an Oscar.
Now Leonardo DiCaprio snatched the coveted statuette away from the bear. In my opinion Leo …
Indyfreak - wrote on 05/30/2016
The Revenant is a throwback to the old school Hollywood film-making that rarely happens anymore. It was filmed on location in harsh weather conditions and with a larger-than-life historical figure as its focus against the backdrop of a beautiful but dangerous wilderness. I can't promise it's for everyone as it's a dark and sometimes brutal picture. Aside from the oft gory violence, there is a bleak portrait of human nature that is depicted with the only silver lining being the will to survive and endure. Leonardo DiCaprio is Hugh Glass who survives a bear mauling but is left for dead by his companions (led by a despicable Tom Hardy). Glass survives and embarks on an arduous journey of survival fueled by vengeance and perseverance hand in hand. The cinematography is gorgeous;they filmed …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 03/19/2016
That's why the Oscars never get it right most of the time. Examples: Scorsese should have gotten at least one best director award for Taxi Driver or Goodfellas (or other noteworthy creations like Casino), Al Pacino could've easilly bagged a statue for any Godfather film, Any Given Sunday or Dog Day Afternoon (or other spectacular I missed like a Carlito's Way). Clearly Di Caprio is a talent from the beginning and yet no accolades we're collected. In anycase, he was perfect in this role as a loving protective father out for revenge and surviving any detrimental obstacle in his way. The villain acted so wel and the support just makes it so believable. Only minor complaint I had was the length, lack of information on the location/time period, pacing, and if its for repeat viewings. …
cinegeek.de - wrote on 03/07/2016
Wirklich grosse Filme besitzen die Kraft, das Unglaubliche zu vermitteln. Während wir gemütlich auf unserer Couch sitzen, müssen die Protagonisten Qualen und Leid durchstehen, das wir kaum nachvollziehen können. Viel zu oft aber durchschauen wir diese Manipulation, weil die Schauspieler ihre Rolle nicht ausfüllen. Es wirkt gemacht. Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritus The Revenant aber nimmt uns mit in eine andere Zeit, behält sich aber auch vor, ein Kunstwerk zu bleiben. Wir sehen The Revenant nicht einfach, wir erleben den Film. Wir verlassen das Kino, sind überwältigt von der Kunst des Filmemachens, die Iñárritu vorführt, aber eben auch dankbar für unseren eigenen Lebens-Komfort. Früh wird uns bewusst, welchen Ton The Revenant anschlägt: Wir überleben einen Überfall von …
Chris Kavan - wrote on 01/24/2016
Throughout his career, Leonardo DiCaprio has turned in many excellent performances - from The Wolf of Wall Street to Django Unchained to Inception. Yet The Revenant, where he has perhaps the least lines out of any of his films, may be his best performance to date. They say the eyes are the window to the soul, and with just a haunting look and will to survive, that may be enough to finally earn DiCaprio his first Oscar.
DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, an expert explorer and frontiersman helping a company of fur traders in 1823. He and his son, a half-Native American, Hawk (played by Forrest Goodluck) are helping Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) and his men including John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the young Bridger (Will Poulter) and several other men. But when their company is attacked …
Snoogans - wrote on 01/18/2016
'The Revenant' is the surprisingly quick followup to director Inarritu's Best Picture win for last year's awesome 'Birdman'. His style is a heavy presence throughout. Massively beautiful shots of real landscapes - filled with wild animals, harsh weather, and even harsher humans to populate it. The way he films the action on screen is breathtaking! Many single-shot long-take scenes are beyond impressive. They also serve a purpose to the story, drawing us in close and guiding us along the treacherous journey. This is a simple tale of unbelievable survival told with brutal realism. It's shockingly violent, but never in a way that turns you off from the characters and their trials. Our main character, Glass, literally goes through hell and back. He's reduced to absolutely nothing, …
Matthew Brady - wrote on 01/11/2016
"My heart bleeds. But revenge is in the creator's hands".
The Revenant is set in the 1820s, in the uncharted wilderness of America, Hugh Glass set out with a hunting party on an expedition. Glass was mauled by a bear and left for dead but through sheer will and to get back to his family, Glass survived - but that wasn't the only thing on his mind as he set out to payback the men who left him behind.
I remember last year around January time when I saw the two images for The Revenant, with Leo holding a Kentucky Flintlock Rifle looking like he's not playing around. Just by those two images caught my interest. I then found out it was directed by the magnificent Alejandro González Iñárritu who did the Oscar wining "Birdman" (A movie that I personal loved). The Revenant quickly …
MovieMike - wrote on 01/09/2016
Revenant - noun rev·e·nant : one that returns after death or a long absence
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (’21 Grams’, ‘Birdman’), ‘The Revenant’ is based on a fictionalized novel of the same name (written by Michael Punke) about a real frontiersman named Hugh Glass. Glass had signed on with a fur trapping expedition that traveled to the upper reaches of the Missouri River (present day Perkins County, South Dakota) in 1823. After being mauled by a bear, Glass is left for dead by a couple of men from his party. He survives his wounds and manages to work his way back to a fortification, despite his condition and the fact that his weapons and provisions were taken by the two men assigned to watch over him.
As a film, ‘The Revenant’ is compelling to watch …