The Revenant 2015 ****

The story of Hugo Glass has been told before, Richard Harris stepped up to the plate as part of the 70’s boom of survivalist epics in Man In the Wilderness. Alejandro G. Iñárritu manages to create something more intense and epic in this 2016 version, with Leonardo DiCaprio under layers of animal skin as the man who comes back from the dead to revenge his son. His pursuit of John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) is long, deliberately drawn out and peppered with bursts of frenetic, violent action. But it’s the downtime of Glass’s journey that’s so memorable, with huge expanses of wild territory to traverse and occasional dreams of spiritual import. The Revenant might be a straight-forward revenge thriller in disguise, but careful treatment elevates it to the status of high art.


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