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.