DiCaprio's 'The Revenant' sets stage for possible Oscar

Brooke Hack and Karlen Rolsen

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Leonardo DiCaprio aims his rifle, preparing to fire as Hugh Glass in the film The Revenant. 

 

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of America’s treasured actors. His strong role in “The Revenant” will surely include him in the nominations for the Oscars this coming February. “The Revenant,” directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu—an Academy Award winning director from Mexico—stars DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman in the 1820s who fights for his survival in the mountains of the New World. “The Revenant” is based on a true story about Hugh Glass. The word “revenant” means a spirit coming back to life to terrorize the living, a description that fits Glass’s vengeful quest.

This R-rated film is gruesome, captivating and breathtaking.

“It’s like being beaten with a bag of oranges. But a beautiful bag of oranges,” says Dana Keller, AP Literature and English 9 teacher from Hudson High.

Glass begins his journey with his son, Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) a half Pawnee-half “American,” and a group of hunters and fur traders which include: John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) and Bridger (Will Poulter).

After a brutal bear attack, Glass is left an inch away from death, but still breathing.

“As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe... keep breathing.” These are words Glass said to Hawk and remains one of many motifs throughout the movie. For a short while, the hunting crew carried Glass on a makeshift stretcher through the treacherous path in the mountains, but when the path proved to be too difficult, Bridge and Hawk volunteer themselves and their rewards from the Captain to stay behind in order to oversee Glass’s recovery. The crew agreed to their terms but thought it was necessary for an adult to stay behind as well, leaving Fitzgerald with the responsibility and rewards from both Hawk and Bridge. Greedy and power-hungry, Fitzgerald abandons his post and leaves Glass to his eventual death. The movie focuses on Glass’s revenge and determination to survive as he tracks Fitzgerald down.

Glass crosses paths with buffalo, Arikara warriors, a lone Pawnee, French hunters and the missing Arikara daughter of the chief. All the different stories from varying characters overlap throughout the movie, bonding people of all different backgrounds. Glass repeatedly has visions of his deceased Pawnee wife, which motivates his survival.

Although this movie is not meant for the faint-hearted, it ranks among our top favorite movies. We would rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars for its amazing cinematography and character development. Despite the occasional slow plotline, the director makes viewers feel as if they are crawling alongside Hugh Glass. Filming took place in British Columbia, Alberta, Montana and Southern Argentina. DiCaprio risked his life during the filming of this movie by sleeping in a horse carcass, eating raw meat and acting in sub-zero temperatures that tempted hypothermia. If this movie doesn’t get him his Oscar, nothing will.  

 

 

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2016-02-01 10:39:08

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