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Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Revenant (2015)

In 1823, a party of trappers and hunters are attacked by a group of hostile Arikara Indians. The handful of survivors manage to escape on a raft. But when a member (Leonardo DiCaprio) of the hunting party is seriously wounded after an attack by a Grizzly, he is left behind to be cared for by his son (Forrest Goodluck), a young hunter (Will Poulter) and a selfish untrustworthy hunter (Tom Hardy). But the cold hearted hunter leaves the wounded man for dead and thus begins a tale of revenge. It's a relentlessly brutal film so I can't say I "enjoyed" the experience but it's an imposing piece of cinema and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu continues to impress me with each new offering. On a visual and compositional level, it's one of the most stunning movies I've ever seen. Is there a better cinematographer than Emmanuel Lubezki working in films today? Inarritu avoids CGI as much as he can which makes for a far better movie experience. The acting is top notch with DiCaprio anchoring the film with his go for broke performance. The strong underscore by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto and Bryce Dessner was unfortunately deemed ineligible by the Academy. An intense experience but not one I'm sure I'd like to do again. With Domhnall Gleeson, Arthur Red Cloud and Grace Dove.

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