Monday, January 9, 2017

The Revenant (2015)

Academy Awards, USA 2016

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Achievement in Directing
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Arnon Milchan
Steve Golin
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Mary Parent
Keith Redmon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Tom Hardy
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Stephen Mirrione
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Jacqueline West
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Sian Grigg
Duncan Jarman
Robert A. Pandini
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Jon Taylor
Frank A. Montaño
Randy Thom
Chris Duesterdiek
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Martín Hernández
Lon Bender
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Richard McBride
Matt Shumway
Jason Smith
Cameron Waldbauer
Best Achievement in Production Design
Jack Fisk (production design)
Hamish Purdy (set decoration)

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Fox)

Fur trapper Leonardo DiCaprio is viciously attacked by a grizzly bear. He is found barely alive, but his fellow trappers don't think he will survive for long. A couple of men, along with his half breed son, are paid to stay and give him a decent burial, but when he refuses to die one of them murders his son and tricks the other man into abandoning him. After witnessing the murder, DiCaprio is determined to track them down. He improbably survives alone, and gravely injured, in the cold wilderness, eventually befriended by an Indian and ending up at a fort where he finds the man. Incredible location shooting overwhelms just about every aspect of this film. There are a couple of obvious CGI moments, particularly the bear attack, that diminish the impact, but this is still an impressive, and obviously dangerous, shoot in perhaps the ultimate survivor story.

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