The faint of heart beware.
Director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s 2016 “The Revenant,” based on actual events, thrives on exposing
intense and raw footage, shocking viewers.
I’m the Ranting Usher. Let me survive you to your seat.
With its severe tone and gory imagery, “The Revenant” reinforces an unyielding respect for the threats
of the wild and provokes an appreciation for the fragility of our own mortality.
Hugh Glass, a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the early nineteenth century, played by
Leonardo DiCaprio, suffers life-threatening wounds in a grizzly bear attack. Left for dead by his
huntsman, Glass must dig himself out of his own grave and endure primitive methods of self-
preservation to stay alive. He burns his own throat to seal a wound.
Following the murder of his son Hawk at the hands of the antagonistic trapper John Fitzgerald, played
with unflinching cruelty by Tom Hardy, Glass is compelled by an insatiable desire for vengeance.
The story is slowly paced. It allows audiences to experience every moment of agony that ensues during
Glass’s recovery. Audiences crawl and bleed along with the main protagonist.
Leonardo DiCaprio delivers the most extreme, most empathetic and heart-wrenching performance of his
career, truly Oscar worthy.
A theme of spiritualism expressed in this quote, “vengeance lies in the hands of the creator,” although
woven throughout the film, is under-utilized. It is nearly drowned out by the film’s graphic violence and
disturbing subject matter. Nevertheless, the theme depicts enough substance to make “The Revenant”
a movie that will resonate with the outdoorsman demographic and fans of the action, adventure drama
genre for many years to come.
I’m the Ranting Usher. Lay back while I patch up those wounds for you and get a fire going.
Do you agree with my review? How well do you think you would fare out there in the wild? Let me know
in the comments section.