Review: Inspired by true events set in the 1820’s. A frontiersman named Hugh Glass is on a fur trading expedition. He gets brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. Hugh survives and sets out to seek revenge.
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson and Paul Anderson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama and Thriller
This is a film that has to be watched on a big screen in order for it to have the full impact. Fantastic work by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. The cinematography is amazing in this. I like the fact that you got straight into the film and didn’t have to bother with the credits beforehand. Half way through this film I did start to get quite cold and wanted to put my coat on. I also thought to myself “How many lives has just one man got”. As well as such a great performance as ever from Leonardo DiCaprio I also felt that the supporting actors were also fantastic. Leonardo has said that this is the hardest performance of his whole career. For instance, he had to learn how to shoot a musket, build a fire, speak two Native American Languages and devour a raw slab of bison’s liver (even though vegetarian). Sean Penn was originally cast for Tom Hardy’s part but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Watching this I personally would rate this film 18 as some of the violence is very hard to watch and there are multiple uses of strong language. You have got to give yourself plenty of time to watch this as it is over 2 and a half hours long. This is about a father son relationship and also about survival, the pursuit of vengeance and redemption. Just to name some of filming locations where this was filmed were Argentina, parts of U.S.A., Mexico and one place that stuck out for me were parts of Canada especially Alberta, as I have been there and it has been one of my best holidays and such an amazing country. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2016 this won 3 awards. They were for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Leonardo DiCaprio) and for Best Director – Motion Picture. At the Bafta Awards in 2016 this won 5 Awards. They were for Best Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Cinematography and for Best Sound. At the Academy Awards in 2016 this won three Oscar awards and they were for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Directing (Alejandro G. Inarritu) and Best Cinematography.