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Movie Review: The Revenant (2015)

The Revenant (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2015) – Left for dead after a brutal attack, frontiersman Hugh Glass escapes his shallow grave and fights for survival in the wilderness.

Verdict

Relentlessly savage and beautifully bleak, the slow burning The Revenant rewards patient viewers with viscerally powerful storytelling.

4/5

Review

In the 1820s, frontiersman Hugh Glass had his fur trapping expedition cut short when he was brutally mauled by a grizzly bear. His flesh mutilated and throat punctured, he was left severely wounded and incapacitated by the gruesome attack.

Convinced that he would not survive, his companions buried him alive in a shallow grave. Against the biting cold, Glass crawled back from beyond and back to encampment, in search of the men who had left him for dead.

Where fact ends and fiction begins is hard to tell. The tale of resilience and survival is extraordinary, its dramatic and almost unbelievable elements reading like an euhemeristic myth.

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