Thursday, January 7, 2016
The Revenant is a brutal, brilliant, and stirring survival epic.
Review by Matt CummingsIt's not too often that Actor Leonardo DiCaprio gets up-staged by a fellow cast member. A favorite among SJF writers, DiCaprio has enjoyed well-earned center stage status in too many Oscar shoe-ins throughout his bountiful career. And while others might best him in The Revenant, the epic is brutal, gripping, and stirring, cementing its director as A-List, even if it denies DiCaprio his first Oscar. Set some 20 years after the famous journey of Lewis and Clark, the mostly peaceful west they mapped is a now different world. Invaded by fur trappers and low-life frontiersmen, native tribes like the Arrikara and Pawnee wage an unwinnable war of scalpings and brutal sneak attacks. Caught between these two worlds is Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), who's guiding a group of trappers home with their pelts, when a tribe looking for a stolen woman attacks Glass' camp. After a vicious arrow fight, Glass, Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson), the boy Jim Bridger (Will Poulter), and the psychotic Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) lead what's left of the team home. But when a savage bear attack leaves Glass hopelessly injured, Fitzgerald half-buries Glass and abandons him as winter sets in. Left with no weapons, Glass must recover from his wounds, and literally drag himself across the American west back to face Fitzgerald in an epic savage of cat and mouse. Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.