Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Revenant' First Trailer Released

        There is no time for rest after his Oscar winning dark comedy/drama 'Birdman', as director Alejandro González Iñárritu is coming back this 2015 for another film that has movie fans excited. The film titled 'The Revenant' is a historical survival/thriller drama that chronicles the real-life story of Hugh Glass. His life has been portrayed on the big screen before, but this time he will be brought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio under the direction of Iñárritu.

            The director reunites with award winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. He is known for his work in bringing the fear of being stranded in outer-space to the big screen in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, for which he won an Academy Award. He also helped capture the vibrant environment of New York's theatre scene in Iñárritu's Birdman.

            With The Revenant, the duo plan to recreate the North American wilderness during the 1800s by trying out a different approach in shooting, using only natural lightfrom the filming location in a remote region of Calgary. This method only left them a few hours a day of filming, which caused the production to be extended to April. Iñárritu admitted in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly that this shooting technique could have easily backfired against him or work extremely well. "It’s a very experimental thing that we’re doing here…I’m now addicted to doing things that can fail horribly or maybe that can give us a surprise. We are all into it." the director said. Judging by the first trailer released, the technique might have been brilliantly implemented.

            According to 20th Century Fox's synopsis, 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.” The trailer depicts plenty of action, featuring DiCaprio as Glass facing off against Tom Hardy, who plays Glass' friend-turned-enemy John Fitzgerald. Glass vows revenge against Fitzgerald after he betrays him, robs him and leaves him to die in the wild. The trapper also fights a bear, and treads the vicious winter, travelling more than 200 miles in order to live and find redemption.

            The film's small but exceptional cast also include Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. Iñárritu wrote the script together with Mark L. Smith, and drew inspiration from Michael Punke's book about Glass - "The Revenant: A Tale  of Revenge".

            With the brilliant use of the filming location plus Alejandro González Iñárritu's direction, 'The Revenant' promises to be an exceptional film that is in the running for another Oscar award. The film has a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 25, 2015, and is planned for a nationwide release on January 8, 2016.


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