If you're unfamiliar with the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio film, The Revenant, I'll give you a quick breakdown:
It's directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who won the Oscar most recently for both Best Director and Best Picture with last year's Birdman. It not only stars DiCaprio but also Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Lukas Haas. It's based in part on the novel by Michael Punke (The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge) in which the film's official synopsis is as follows:
Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.
That's not all though.
You see, the director, Iñárritu, wanted the film to be as authentic as possible. This resulted in filming of the project actually beginning last October in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada and concluding just this past August in southern Argentina. Why such a long production you ask? It's because the crew only filmed with natural light, deep in the wilderness for authenticity. This led to a constant battle against the elements to get scenes filmed and ensure what is put on screen isn't a result of 'CGI'.
As you can see from the trailer below, it looks as if everyone involved in the film has pulled off something truly breathtaking. Every scene here looks amazing and I don't doubt for a second this was probably the most grueling shoot any of the actors and crew members have gone through to make this film. If this thing doesn't end up a serious Oscar contender this upcoming season, I will be shocked.
Sound off with your comments below. What do you think of the trailer?
The Revenant opens in limited release on Christmas Day and expands nationwide on January 8th.
Source: 20th Century Fox