In The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio once again delivers a sublime performance and more particularly a great movie.
After many years of near misses, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar for best actor for his role in The Revenant and it is definitely well deserved. There are not many actors in this movie and he manages to carry the story with his presence and his remarkable performance. He is nearly unrecognizable.
Inspired by true events, The Revenant is the incredible tale of legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio). In 1823, in the Wild West, a group of officers are being ferociously chased by Native Americans who believe they have abducted one of theirs. We all know our history and the genocide that happened so I will cut to the chase and say that in this date and time, neither sides were going to sit and talk to resolve their issues. The hunt is on. All the odds are against them and adding to their despair is the loss of their main tracker. Indeed, after an unexpected wildlife attack, Hugh is left for dead. Will they manage to get to their camp safely and more importantly will Hugh manage to survive the deadliest terrain and harshest weather? Will he get his vengeance on the ones that abandoned and betrayed him?
I love Leonardo DiCaprio because he chooses his scripts extremely well and I have yet to find a film in which he stars that I don’t like. From What’s eating Gilbert Grape? at a very early age to The Revenant now, without forgetting The Beach, Titanic, The Departed, Blood diamond, Gangs of New-York and countless others in between, he has chosen the greatest plots and is, without doubt, one of the best actors out there. He may have become famous thanks to his looks but he definitely is past it and can pull off breath taking scenes and films.
Beware, this movie is not for the faint-hearted. It is a survival tale and it depicts all the gory details necessary to make it in the winter of 1823, being on his own, hurt and chased by enemies. It is very visceral but in the end also utterly captivating. It is incredible to witness revenge fueling DiCaprio’s character. He sustains an otherwise deadly injury, but one thing and one thing only keeps him alive: the need to find and kill those who wronged him.
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