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Issue: Summer 2015-6

The Revenant (2015) movie review

Quest for Life

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Movie poster, The Revenant
Blood Lost. Life Found.

(n. One who has returned, as if from the dead.)

A frontiersman named Hugh Glass on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s is on a quest for survival after being brutally mauled by a bear.

The Revenant has received critical acclaim, and prize nominations galore. What is it about this tale of the Wild West in Winter that has people raving?

Leonardo di Caprio as Hugh Glass goes through an emotional and physical order for 156 minutes of screen time.

After he is attacked by a bear, his expedition splits up leaving three men (including his part native adult son) to care for, and if necessary, bury him.

When John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) attempts to kill Glass, his son objects and Fitzgerald kills the young man in front of his dangerously injured father.

Left for dead in an open burial pit, Glass must find a way to survive, return to 'civilisation', and get what he sees as justice for his boy.

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Leonardo di Caprio as Hugh Glass. Photo: Kimberley French. Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

And there it is, in the picturesque winter countryside di Caprio's Glass is bleeding, infected, often injured, occasionally befriended, starving, thirsty, haunted by his son and his woman, filthy, wet, cold - well you get the idea.

An ordeal.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 7 January 2016
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Just the facts:

Title: The Revenant (2015)
Written by: Mark L. Smith
Directed by: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Running time: 156 mins
Rating: MA15+

The Players: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy,

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