The end of the semester is drawing near and with all the end-semester submissions, back to back assignments and exams, I might not be able to make frequent updates on my blog or check out all the other awesome posts written by my friends. Since a short break in blogging is inevitable I was thinking what to write on. I wanted to do something serious and something with a lot of thought. And this is what I came up with.
Country of origin: United States
Directed by: Alejandro G Iñárritu
Screenplay: Mark L Smith, Alejandro G Iñárritu
Based on: The Revenant by Michael Punke
Starring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy , Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter
Music by: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto
Cinemtography : Emmanuel Lubezki
Released: December 25, 2015 (United States)
Duration: 156 minutes
Genre: Semi -Biographical epic western
If you are able to take a breath,
you must do anything to survive.
In the year 1823, Hugh Glass (Leonardo Dicaprio ) guides Andrew Henry’s trappers through unorganized territory. While he and his half- Pawnee son, Hawk are away hunting, the company’s camp is attacked. The survivors escape on a boat and reach Fort Kiowa where they stash their pelts to safety.
Glass however gets severely injured after getting mauled by a bear. The rest of the company decide that the best thing for Glass now, would be mercy killing. However Henry is hesitant to pull the trigger and instead gives money so that someone will stay with Glass. Initially, the only people willing to stay with Glass is his son, Hawk and the young Jim Bridger. However seeing that there’s money involved which he can use for his lost pelts, Fitzgerald also agrees to stay.
After the others leave, Fitzgerald attempts to smother Glass which Hawk sees. In the scuffle, Fitzgerald kills Hawk, as Glass watches helplessly. The next morning Fitzgerald convinces Bridger that the Arikara are coming and they should abandon Glass. While travelling to camp, Fitzgerald admits his lies. On reaching camp, he informs Henry that Glass died, and Hawk vanished.
As the movie continues, we see Glass’s intense journey through the freezing wilderness, with the determination and survival skills to reach camp and get his revenge. The movie takes us through many twists and turns involving the Arikara head’s daughter, a Pawnee refugee and how his will and his knowledge helped him survive against the odds.
First off, let me just say, the whole location chosen for this movie was the perfect exemplification of the frozen wilderness. As each scene pans onto a new shot of the surroundings it really is mind blowing. And let me just add, the bear that mauled Glass was obviously CGI, but it was done so well you cannot differentiate it from the real thing!
The main essence of the film is how we lose the humanity in us, when it comes to survival, or money in Fitzgerald’s case. And although I haven’t read the book (but will read soon) , the story was exciting, gripping and different from what I have seen before. It was in a way “horribly” realistic as well. An amazing job by the entire team especially the cinematography team, the director and of course the actors. They braved this intense weather for one amazing film. It’s not such a surprise the sheer number of awards that came for this film. The survival techniques were on-point and very believable in a way, with the surroundings of the film, what with the rather sparse wilderness. A must watch if you love the survival-revenge kind of films.
Out of all the awards that came for this film, Leonardo Dicaprio’s win for best actor in a leading role was given a lot of fanfare considering the fact that this was his sixth nomination, and first Oscar win. Now for those who are wondering why I included Global Warming as the title to this post, I suggest you watch this video of Dicaprio’s acceptance speech after winning the Oscars, here .
He speaks firmly about Global Warming and how 2015 was the hottest year yet on this planet which forced the crew of this film, to go to the very Southern tip of this planet to find snow. We learn so much about global warming. It’s all over the media, we learn about it in school and know about it from so many sources. We know the gravity of the problems that come with it, and we know we must stop it. Yet, we rarely do anything real in the name of saving our planet. Times have changed since 2015 and there are so many movements already in place to help save the planet. I think however, that in order to really save our planet, we must all act.
Everyone, plant more trees, go for earth-friendly practices, do not pollute, try everything possible so as to bring the carbon emissions to the bare minimum. Like Dicaprio said, let’s not take this planet for granted.