The Revenant

Bear Grylls could not have written a better script for The Revenant or it may be better said that Hugh Glass could have been the inspiration for Grylls and his excursions into the wild. Academy-Award winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu follows up his universally acclaimed film, Birdman with this extreme survival tale. He shares the true-to-life journey of wilderness guide, Hugh Glass(Leonardo DiCaprio), as he leads a hunting expedition through the uncharted frontier of the young American landscape.

After losing most of his hunting party to an attack from an indian raiding party and then being viciously attacked by a bear, he is left for dead by this small band of men because of the counsel and actions of veteran trapper, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Survival becomes a primal motivation for Glass, if he is able to see Fitzgerald brought to justice. The frontier man must reach deep into his will to live and overcome great physical odds of the wilderness as his story of survival, redemption and revenge unfolds on the unforgiving landscape.

The journey of Hugh Glass is the kind of tale that bores into the soul of a man and rips away all of the nonessential components of life and exposes all that is vital to survive. With minimal dialogue and stunning camera work, Alejandro González Iñárritu manages to deliver one of the more poignant depictions of the survival instinct of man. Albeit it is hard to imagine that any one person could endure all that this explorer went through, Glass’ tale shows that mankind can stretch itself beyond the greatest of obstacles. By adding in the spiritual components of the story there were stoppages in the story, but these moments of calm provided a respite from the continual action sequences. The narrative is unforgiving and exposes the evil intentions of man and the vicious nature of the environment which fuels the continual race to survive and the search for justice. This cinematic battle is unrelenting and is not for the faint hearted, but proves to be a captivating journey that cannot be limited to words alone.

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Russell Matthews

Russell loves film and enjoys engaging in discussions about the latest cinema offerings and then connecting this with the Gospel. He has worked for City Bible Forum for over 10 years, is a reviewer for Insights Magazine and Entertainment Fuse and has a blog called Russelling Reviews. He moderates events for Reel Dialogue which connect the film industry with the general public.