the revenant

A brutal but brilliantly filmed descent into hell, The Revenant is not for the faint of heart. Loosely based on an improbable but true story, its two-and-a-half hours of unrelenting intensity may leave the viewer exhausted but make no mistake about it, this is masterful filmmaking. One is immersed in a surreal, primal realm that becomes quite dreamlike and archetypal; a world of savage beauty. Primarily shot using only natural daylight, the stunning cinematography is often breathtaking, and those expansive widescreen vistas keep things from feeling too claustrophobic. A visceral, largely wordless performance by Leonardo DiCaprio is balanced by a fantastic turn by Tom Hardy. The atmospheric Ryuichi Sakamoto score adds to the tension yet promises a worthwhile listen on its own. With films as disparate as Amores Perros and Birdman under his belt, it's clear that director Alejandro González Iñárritu was born to make great cinema.


  1. glad to know darling. i've read conflicting reviews & was unsure of what to think.

    1. The negative reviews I've read all seem to have some sort of agenda. Obviously this sort of film isn't for everyone, but I was surprisingly impressed by it all. It completely took me to another world.