Sav­age screen­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

A HEADY re­minder that man is as beastly as any wild an­i­mal when push comes to shove, The Revenant is the kind of bru­tal, no holds barred sur­vival­ist story that grabs you by the throat and re­fuses to loosen its grip.

From the blood-drenched open­ing se­quence that brings back hor­rific mem­o­ries of Saving Pri­vate Ryan, to a pro­longed and graphic bear at­tack on our hero, this film is re­lent­less and in­tends to takes its au­di­ence through ev­ery gory step of sur­viv­ing in the wild.

But de­spite the Saw se­ries level of blood­shed, gap­ing wounds and lost limbs, The Revenant is also con­scious of show­ing there can be just as equal a mea­sure of hu­man­ity in us.

Af­ter en­ter­ing un­char­tered wilder­ness in the 1820s, a hunt­ing team, in­clud­ing ex­plorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and crim­i­nal John Fitzger­ald (Tom Hardy), is at­tacked by a Na­tive Amer­i­can tribe. Later, when a bear mauls Hugh, he is left for dead by his team­mates.

He mirac­u­lously re­cov­ers, driven by rage and re­venge with his flesh torn to shreds, and seeks those who left him be­hind. But the bear at­tack is al­most noth­ing com­pared to the cli­mate and other wildlife he must first en­dure.

Stom­ach-churn­ingly sav­age, thrillingly in­tense and pow­er­fully ac­cu­rate about the beast that lies within any hu­man, this also high­lights the hypocrisy in racism; Cau­casians re­fer­ring to Na­tive Amer­i­cans as sav­ages when they them­selves are just as ca­pa­ble of violence.

Bal­anc­ing the car­nage, it also demon­strates the hu­man­ity we are ca­pa­ble of, with un­con­di­tional favours ex­changed be­tween races.

Hugh’s jour­ney be­comes our jour­ney; cin­e­matog­ra­pher Em­manuel Lubezki’s lens is splat­tered with blood, splashed with wa­ter and in one scene even fogged up by DiCaprio’s warm breath in the icy cli­mate, his cam­era dan­ger­ously close to the violence and never shy­ing away.

DiCaprio de­servedly stirs more Os­car ru­mours with his com­mand­ing per­for­mance in an al­most di­a­logue-less role, be­ing forced to rely on his phys­i­cal­ity and al­low­ing him­self to be dragged through the wringer.

Leonardo DiCaprio in

The Revenant.

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