The rest of the middle of the movie is watching DiCaprio breathe heavily and crawl around the forest floor with some cinematic shots of snow, and listening to Tom Hardy attempt to cover up his terrible accent by speaking as low as possible. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by marking them offensive. This nicely sets up the final confrontation between Mr Indestructible and The Mumbler. What prevents this from getting a perfect 10 is one particular storyline that I didn't think was needed, and it involves the wife of Hugh Glass. It does have its moments.
The sky seems to go on forever; the horizon is neverending. While trying to guide the group back to safety, their tracker Hugh Glass Leonardo DiCaprio , is savagely mauled by a mother bear, further complicating their return journey to base camp. Still, the movie is definitely a must-see. This is, for me, a modern masterpiece. With broken bones, no food, and miles to go, he pulls himself through snow and across mountains, seeking the man who killed his son. .
Despite having very few lines to deliver, DiCaprio is on screen for 90% of the time, and it is a bravura performance. Much of it is dedicated to watching DiCaprio crawl his way across impossible terrain through incredible imagery while the other survivors bicker about morality in an unformed society. Characters eat raw, bloody meat. All attempts to create a naturalistic history, a historiography, to naturalize it in the efforts to make it a scientific endeavor, are in this way ridiculous. For instance, Fitzgerald starts off as abhorrent and never has any character growth.
Every single element from the music to the cinematography is cleverly concocted to draw you into the film and put you alongside the cast in the brutal wintry conditions. Story: Fur trapper Hugh Glass DiCaprio is abandoned by his comrades after he is mauled by a bear and has to use every resource to survive in the wilderness. Even though some of the trappers still survived including their captain Andrew Henry, Leading guide Hugh Glass Leonardo DiCaprio and John Fitzgerald Tom Hardy and they cleverly ride onto their boats. Again, really believable, exciting and up front and personal - you can almost smell the bear's stinking breath. The revenge plot - which feels almost like an afterthought or a ploy to give the film a certain structure and a proper ending - is not really the film's main theme or strongest aspect, and it certainly isn't the reason that made this film so compelling to watch for me. But the film is not without special effects, and these are phenomenal, most incredibly delivered during the relentless and gruelling bear attack scene: a seamless blend of live animal work and effects that make it horrifically believable.
It's a devastating bout of savagery that leaves Glass with bones broken and skin rent open in awful ways. Now this is a spoiler-free review, so I'll leave the pleasure of viewing that scene to you. It is for me a case that in the woods and snow covered mountains Iñárritu might have been transfixed by the beauty of his surroundings and on one or two ocassions he indulged himself by adding them to the movie. There is absolutely no point in this movie. I recommend this film so much! The group's survival depends heavily on Hugh Glass , an experienced explorer who was once married to a Pawnee woman and had a son, Hawk Forrest Goodluck , with her. You are almost immediately plunged into the action, in a similar way to the opening of 'Saving Private Ryan', with a Native American attack on a group of fur trappers.
One of the best films of the year. Whether intentionally or not, Iñarritu shows the star of his film with a complexity and honesty that we normally don't get to see in these kinds of stories. At Fort Kiowa a French hunter arrives who has lost his rest of the crew and was starving. The interesting thing is the movie is more than just a comedy too. The wilderness is depicted amazingly by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki Gravity, Birdman , who along with Iñárritu reportedly insisted on shooting only when natural light was available.
Lead roles such this are rare and DiCaprio has done it justice several times over in scenes that will leave you stunned — such as being chased riding right over a sheer cliff, cutting a cavity into a dead horse to beat the cold and lurking enemies, or surviving an unnerving bear attack — you can even hear the crunch of bones breaking in that scene. Leonardo gets attacked by a bear but survives. Lots of wide angle shots intending to show the vast, empty, barren wilderness and the utter hopelessness of his situation. The pacing is also poor. The real Hugh Glass had no children. A word of advice though: if you go in expecting a testosterone-fueled revenge thriller in the vein of 'Apocalypto', you'll likely end up disappointed.
It's a really horrible, randomly violent mess of dark filled yuck. Perhaps that was how these men actually lived their lives? Finally we got to see that the several variations of hopelessness taken to its limit was a central preoccupation for the director and not the main contribution of the screenwriter. If you are paying attention there are some really funny jokes hidden in well delivered lines. At the end of the film, we're left not even knowing whether Glass, after exacting vengeance on the man who killed his son, lives or dies himself. Leonardo DiCaprio may not win an Oscar for his role, but he sure damn well will get nominated for his intense portrayal of a man who is constantly on the verge of death.