Based on the 2002 novel The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michale Punke and the real life of Hugh Glass, this movie tells an adaptation of Hugh’s life. It takes liberties so don’t leave thinking this is a true story.
The cinematography of the movie is mind blowing. The beauty and deadliness of nature is shown in its entirety. It’s a wonder anyone could survive such a harsh world, let alone an injured man. As Hugh is seeking his revenge on Fitzgerald for killing Hugh’s son, Hugh is helped by a Pawnee Indian and in turn, rescues a Ree maiden. He also receives support and messages from his dead wife about strength and revenge. The director weaves symbolism through the movie drawing the viewer into Hugh’s struggle not only with death but also with his beliefs.