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The Revenant
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The Revenant

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Forrest Goodluck
Screenplay by Mark L. Smith and Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Based on a novel by Michael Punke
Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu

IN SHORT: Oscar for Cinematography. [Rated . 167 minutes]

That's a good thing for the guy (sic) behind the camera viewfinder. Not so good for everything else that yours Cranky was thinking more abut the pretty pictures, even the brutal stuff that we'll reference in a 'graph or two, than about the performances. DiCaprio's performance, as a matter of fact, is delivered with nary a word of dialog. Either DiCaprio is really, really good, or all the surrounding environment and other bits and pieces of verbal story enhancement do all the work.

Early in the 19th century, when huge portions of territory had become part of the America that would be, hunters and native americans clash. The daughter of a chief has gone missing. The strange looking white skins, who have invaded the land to slaughter and skin bears left right and center, are believed to have taken the girl. That's all back story to the tale of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) who accidentally stumbles across some cute as a button bear cubs, grazing in a field. Glass realizes, far too late, that where there are bear cubs there is also a mama bear intent on defending her cubs, even if the mama has no idea what a rifle or blunderbuss may be.

Those with weak stomachs should close their eyes for a minute or so. Glass' survival, indeed his restoration thanks to the intervention of a native american take up the bulk of the rest of the film.

One of the hunters, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) is obsessed with the money that will be paid for the bear pelts freshly harvested. The problem is that French settlers] appear in the territory -- the French are known to be thieves or just ready for a fight in general, so we think w/o looking at our notes -- so while Glass lies at death's door the band of hunters pays Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), to watch over Glass (Fitz is fine with since he gets paid sooner) while the bear pelts are brought in for redemption. But once they've gone, Fitz decides that he doesn't want to nursemaid a soon to be dead man, so he digs a shallow grave and when Glass comes to, he discovers that his compadres are gone and so is his son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck).

said pelts have to be hidden or abandoned when [

While driven by revenge and hunting Fitzgerald dwn,

until the revenge factor can be properly played out.


, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson), Jim Bridger (Will Poulter)

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to The Revenant, he would have paid . . .



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