Everything you need to know about “The Revenant”

Let’s get you caught up on “The Revenant”


Release Date: January 15th 2016 (UK)
Genre: Thriller/Western
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson
Age Certification: R (USA)/ 15 (UK) for Strong frontier violence, including gory images, sexual assault, language and nudity.


A couple of days ago, I posted new images from the upcoming film and it turned out that not many people knew about it. So i’ve taken the time to write this article to get you up to speed and explain why you should be stoked for it.

First, here’s the newest trailer, released Sept 29 2015.

The Story

The Revenant is an upcoming Western thriller, rather unwesternly set in the northernmost part of South Dakota in the early 1800s. It is partially based on Michael Punke’s 2002 novel of the same name and has been in production for as many years.
It is inspired by the extraordinary true story of the frontiersman and all round indestructible badass Hugh Glass, a man who, in the 1820s, explored the uncharted northern wilderness only to be brutalised by a bear and left for dead by his hunting team.
And that’s where his story begins.
He then wrestled the bear to the ground, killed it with his bare hands and set out on the 200mile, 6 week crawl back to civilisation…with a broken leg, numerous infected wounds and a flayed back.
He was a man reduced to a single instinct: Survival

And survive he did, living off of roots, berries and occasionally the raw meat of a dying bison. In his own words, he was driven by a single, all-consuming motivation: Revenge.
Revenge against those who left him for dead.

So the film is a testament to the indomitable will of the human spirit.
We, here at G4meover, love a good revenge story, and, if Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy has taught us anything, it’s that, regardless of how infectiously destructive and ultimately pointless revenge can be, it can still make for a gripping film.

The Artist

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Relatable moment #36789: not having enough arms to hold all your Oscars

The Revenant is directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (pictured left), who was the real star of this year’s Oscars with his one-take black comedy-drama, Birdman, which won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and was nominated in five other categories.

Birdman was far and away mine (and everyone else’s) favourite film of this year, Iñárritu’s direction blew me away and I knew I had a new favourite director, so, imagine my delight and surprise when it was announced that I wouldn’t have to wait even a year for his next masterpiece.

Also returning from the set of Birdman to make another film look magnificent is Iñárritu’s fellow Mexican and cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki. As i’ve mentioned before, if you want your film to look amazing and feel immersive, Lubezki is your man.
Judging by the trailer, Iñárritu and Lubezki will be working perfect harmony to bring us something visceral, gritty and peerlessly cinematic.

The Revenant has been in development hell for so long, that numerous directors and actors have joined and left the project over the past 13 years. Initially, Park Chan Wook was supposed to direct and Samuel L Jackson was supposed to star. Can you even imagine that? Eventually Park left the project and so, too, did SLJ. What happened? Did that film become Big Game (2015)?
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In 2010, John Hillcoat (of Lawless and The Road fame) was attached to direct Christian Bale, but they both left the project months later.

In 2011, Iñárritu signed on to the project and that’s when it really took off, back then Sean Penn was considered for the starring role. Iñárritu announced that his next film was to be Birdman and that The Revenant would commence production when Birdman wrapped. And here we are.

The Players

In the leading role of survivorman, Hugh Glass is Leonardo DiCaprio in what HAS TO BE his Oscar-winning role. I swear to god, if he doesn’t win, I will be so sure that The Academy just doesn’t want him to. Incidentally, the potential nominees for the 2016 Academy Award for an Actor in a Leading Role are ALL looking fantastic, it’s gonna be so close.Alejandro_Gonzalez_Inarritu_69584

Supporting Leo in their second on-screen adventure is 2015’s man of the hour, Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, Legend) as Leo’s treacherous hunting partner John Fitzgerald. He sounds like he’s donning a better version of his accent from Lawless, and Hardy’s accents are normally quite good anyway. Production for The Revenant went on so long that Hardy had to drop out of the upcoming Suicide Squad film.
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Completing the Revenentourage are Ex Machina‘s Domhnall Gleeson as honest fur trader Andrew Henry, The Maze Runner‘s Will Poulter as the legendary mountainman Jim Bridger and Son’s of Anarchy & True Detective’s Brad Carter in a currently unspecified role.BeFunky Collage

 

A.O.B.

> The film was shot largely in Canada, in areas of genuinely inhospitable wilderness. When the weather ceased to co-operate, they resumed shooting in Argentina
> It was shot little-by-little in remote areas so as to maximise the quality of the emotional and cinematic cruxes of the film.
> Unusually, it has been shot in sequence and with all natural light, so it should look and feel so real and immersive. Because of this, there were only a few hours in each day that shooting was even viable.
> Members of the crew have quit in response to the harsh conditions of the locations and the director’s ambitious methods.
> Shooting has been described as “a living hell” by one crew member, due to the weather.
> The budget was supposed to be $60million but it has, so far ballooned to$95million and is predicted to inflate even further to over $130 million.
> Filming has also gone over schedule, the final scenes only being a shot a couple of months ago.

> Despite the harsh conditions, crew mutinies, breaking of equipment, running over budget, Iñárritu remains hopeful; the film is about survival and he wants his actors to share in the raw experience of “surviving”.

“When you see the film, you will see the scale of it,” promises Inarritu. “And you will say, ‘Wow.’ “.
 
More on this here.


 

– Mat S

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