Sunday, 31 January 2016

#5 THE REVENANT


Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhanall Gleeson and Will Poulter.

Written by Mark L. Smith and Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Directed byAlejandro G. Iñárritu

Budget $ 135 million and with a running time of 156 minutes.

It's the olden times, when America was just one gigantic frontier, the guns were all flintlocks and the natives were furious. We join Leo, his half-breed son and a band of gnarly, bearded frontiersmen headed up by Tom Hardy and led by Domhanall Gleeson as they go pelt hunting. Then the native Americans attack, slaughter everyone they can and Leo and a band of survivors barely escape down river with the Indians, who are searching for the chief's kidnapped daughter, hot on their heels.

And then just because things aren't difficult enough, Leo gets his pretty boy looks messed up real good in a fight with a large grizzly bear and gets severely shredded as a result. And put under the care of Tom Hardy who leaves him for dead in a shallow grave. Leo then spends the next hour crawling on his belly, drooling and screaming as he begins his quest for revenge.

After that it's just one long, beautiful-looking journey of relentless bleakness as Leo gets better and goes looking to square the pitch with Tom Hardy.

Anyway, it's long, beautiful and bloody bleak. Leo acts his little cotton socks off but I think Tom Hardy is better. Alejandro produces another astonishingly good looking and brilliantly directed movies which I doubt I'll ever sit down to watch again. It's gripping but becomes actually exhausting to watch and joins a pile of similar films which arrive at the same time each year all featuring its lead character being physically  and mentally tortured and abused as it's main plot device all in an attempt to win an Oscar.

Definitely not a date or feel good movie.

8/10

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