I’ve decided that I wouldn’t survive in the past. I’m giving The Revenant an A.
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.
A revenant is a visible ghost or animated corpse that was believed to return from the grave to terrorize the living. And that is what happens when Hugh is attacked by a grizzly bear and left for dead by two of his “friends”. Determined to get revenge, he sets out to trail the men as they return to the fort where they were stationed.
The Revenant isn’t for wusses. Gritty and realistic with blood, guts and gore and that’s only Leonardo’s injuries, we see how harsh life was back in the wilderness of the 1800’s. Indian attacks, mind numbing cold weather, and every man for himself…you can’t count on anyone but yourself and your determination to go forward.
Life and death is right in your face with this movie, as well as racism as we see how Indians were treated. Not only the color of your skin but one person’s anger could have you saying The Lord’s Prayer.
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.
Two cautions…the ending leaves you breathless or yelling as the guy behind me. It doesn’t really wrap things up with a happily ever after. Also, if you have a weak stomach, you will want to skip the popcorn. The blood and gore will have you regretting anything you’ve eaten. You will not feel like enjoying sushi anytime soon.
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