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Rated R · 156 min. · 2015


In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film, stranded fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes overnight shelter in the hollowed-out carcass of a horse and then slowly emerges, naked, from the grisly womb. It’s a stark visual metaphor for the theme of rebirth that permeates this epic neo-Western, based on a true story. A revenant is one who returns from the dead, as Glass seemed to after being mauled by a bear during a hunting expedition in 1820s Dakota Territory. The film features the most spectacular battle scene to open a movie since Saving Private Ryan, and the bear attack is a visceral CGI triumph. Glass’ fellow trappers leave him for dead, and the death of his part-Pawnee son further fuels his revenge quest. His antagonist is John Fitzgerald, a bullying backwoodsman played by a mesmerizing Tom Hardy. Iñárritu films many scenes with his tracking-shot technique from Birdman, complemented by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki’s natural light. Stories abound about the film’s grueling shoot and skyrocketing budget, but the end result is a cinematic tour de force, if not a rebirth.

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Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writer: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark Smith and Michael Punke
Producer: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, David Kanter, Keith Redmon and Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson and Lukas Haas


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