If you want to see individualism at its best go watch mountain man Hugh Glass on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s battle a grizzly, scalped by Indians, swim frozen rivers, fall off a steep cliff onto a tall pine, gunshot, stabbed, and on to the campfire warmth of his own hunting team.

The story is inspired by a real life, though likely enlarged as the frontiersmen biographies I've read. However the acting is decent, especially by the animals, and the photography is exquisite.

It's hard to sit still during the movie and not head for an exit out to the wilds.





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4 Comments so far

  1. alex on January 13, 2016 5:35 am

    sorry to hijack your thread. have not seen the movie yet but intend to.

    can someone please tell where i can find the explanations regarding the monthly chart ? (color codes what do they mean, USB

  2. Anonymous on January 13, 2016 11:35 pm

    I respectfully have to disagree. Man is not so much raised up as an individual in this film as he is reduced to an animal. The consumption of raw bloody meat (when a fire is an option, one might point out), the assumption of man into horse (perhaps the most unforgettable of all the gruesome scenes) and the fight scene with the bear serve to drive home the main point of the movie: man is an animal. And if one thinks that a victory over a bear raises one up as an individual, just notice how the cinematography of the bear fight mirrors to a tee the cinematography of the film’s climax between two humans. Not to mention that throughout the film, there are repreated references to man’s spiritual nature as an animal -as a bird in one scene and a stag in the another, for instance. Finally, the unrelenting violence throughout the whole film seems to be driven by revenge. Surely not by the rational thought that accompanied man’s first notions of individualism. Who was the true savage of the West? According to the Revenant, it definitely wasn’t the native american and perhaps not even the animal, but civilized man himself.

  3. Rick Ellis on January 17, 2016 10:57 am

    This was an excellent movie. Well acted and filmed.

    It reminds me of the conflicts and violence in the book: “Empire of the Summer Moon”, a superb account of native Americans, particularly, the Comanches, and settlers in Texas and the Great Plains.


  4. Russell on January 30, 2016 4:29 pm

    I watched the movie and thought it was very good.The directing and screenplay wss excellent.The acting was excellent, Leonardo was very good, lots of good English actors in the cast . as has been noted the water scenes could be a bit dubious for that time of year, but I guess when you live in the wilderness in winter your body toughens up. I didn’t think it detracted from movie at all.the scenes of violence are intense. So go watch it on the big screen ! Fight for every breath !


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