The Revenant - a sure-fire hit movie for 2016

The Tribune (NZ) - - MOVIES -

The Revenant might be bloody, dirty, cold, scary and long, but it’s one of the great movies of the sea­son.

The squirm­ing starts in the open­ing scene when a big bunch of scruffy trap­pers with their pre­cious furs and pelts are set upon by Arikara, Na­tive Amer­i­cans, in the 1820s. Let’s just say their ar­rows strike with unerring ac­cu­racy.

One of the hun­ters in the cold wastes of North Dakota and Mon­tana is Hugh Glass played by Leonard DiCaprio

Among the many fight­ing scenes, none bet­ters the at­tack by a griz­zly bear where the pro­tag­o­nist suf­fers life-threat­en­ing in­juries and is left for dead. The won­ders of mod­ern-day film-mak­ing had me pray­ing for the maul­ing to end, please, now.

Hark back to the ti­tle – a revenant is some­one who sup­pos­edly rises from the dead. How­ever, sur­viv­ing the at­tacks by men and bear are just the first of the chal­lenges Glass faces.

Left on his own, he is then tracked re­morse­lessly for 320 kilo­me­tres by the Na­tive Amer­i­cans.

Filmed in re­mote, freez­ing snow and icy rivers, the epic is loosely based on the true story of Glass who had some sort of re­la­tion­ship with the Pawnee tribe.

DiCaprio’s char­ac­ter would have had to en­dure many hor­rors, like eat­ing a fish raw, as well as hy­pother­mia, and the ac­tor must be a cinch for his long-awaited first Os­car.

The same ap­plies to Tom Hardy, the English ac­tor who su­perbly por­trayed the Kray twins in Leg­end.

In a role about as far from Ron­nie and Reg­gie Kray as you can get, Hardy plays Glass’ en­emy, the ap­palling John Fitzger­ald, whose grav­elly south­ern drawl de­mands at­ten­tive hear­ing.

Hardy’s per­for­mance might also merit an Os­car nom­i­na­tion.

As must Mex­i­can pro­duc­erdi­rec­tor Ale­jan­dro Inar­ritu and his cin­e­matog­ra­pher Em­manuel Lubezki, be­cause The Revenant is an epic work of art. Vo­lence aside, the close-up land­scape scenes us­ing nat­u­ral light, are stun­ning.

THE REVENANT (R16)

★★★★★ Di­rected by Ale­jan­dro Inar­ritu 2hrs 36min Re­viewed by Peter Lampp

The only char­ac­ter poorly cast was the trap­pers’ cap­tain, played with­out much cred by Ir­ish ac­tor Domh­nall Glee­son, son of es­teemed ac­tor Brendan Glee­son.

Over­all though, The Revenant is a com­pellingly har­row­ing must­watch.

PHOTO: FOX MOVIES

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the lead role of Hugh Glass in one of the top movies of the year,

The Revenant.

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