Hands down the best film of 2015, The Revenant is a beautiful time-piece of Western revenge. Led by the committed hands of Leonardo DiCaprio and the sharp eye of Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman); The Revenant is epic in every word has it challenges its audience to new heights and rich rewards.
Iñárritu’s film is an absorbing drama that kicks your ass from beginning until the end. He’s a visual poet who celebrates on human resilience and the savage beauty of nature. Leo’s performance fuels your bones with energy and adrenaline as he goes through every depth of agony imagined. This movie is not for the fate of heart as Iñárritu guides his camera through the very depths of our humanity.
Receiving an astonishing 12 Oscar noms, The Revenant has my vote for Best Picture of 2015! Just has Iñárritu won his first Oscar for Directing with last year’s Birdman, he’s bound to repeat that honor this upcoming February. Loosely inspired by true events, Iñárritu’s film is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience captured through the eyes of one man, Hugh Glass (Leo). It’s an epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit from start to finish.
The story shows us an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, where explorer Glass is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Bloody, bruised and quest to survive, Glass also endures unimaginable grief from the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (a strong Tom Hardy). In the process, Fitzgerald brutally kills Glass’ half Pawnee-son (Forrest Goodluck) as he defends his father. Glass is now guided by sheer will and the love of his family, as he navigates 200 miles through the vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live, find redemption and kill those who betrayed him.
That my dear friends, is one hell of a story! It beats your damn soul to the ground and won’t let you up. The Revenant is a relentless visionary as it captures the raw emotion of one man striving for justice in life. Leo gives it his all and better win the Oscar or I will begin to endlessly flip tables. This is his year as he gives blood, sweat and tears in the role. My prediction is that The Revenant will win Best Picture, as it deserves every bit of that honorary award.
It is stated that Leo “had to devour a raw slab of bison's liver, even though he is vegetarian. He also had to learn to shoot a musket, build a fire, speak two Native American languages (Pawnee and Arikara), and study with a doctor who specializes in ancient healing techniques. DiCaprio calls it the hardest performance of his career.” Academy it’s time to give Leo his first Oscar, please give him the damn Oscar. The Revenant paints a brutal picture of survival, built on raw emotion and fierce direction. Hands down, it is my favorite film of 2015! It receives 5 out of 5 stars. Go see this breathtaking masterpiece now.
The Revenant is rated R (Restricted). For strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.
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