The Revenant movie review - Aussieboyreviews


With all the acting, effects and violence, The Revenant is a brutal Western adventure. This movie is about revenge and is definitely not for kids or the faint-hearted.


After being severely injured from a bear attack and abandoned by his hunting crew who left him for dead, Hugh Glass uses his survival skills and sets out to exact revenge on the man who betrayed him.

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Movie details

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter
Writer: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith
Release Date (Australia): 7 January 2016
Runtime: 156 minutes/2h 36m
Genre: Western, Action, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Language: English, Pawnee, French


Themes (MA15+)

The film contains strong themes of betrayal and revenge, as well as the butchering of animals for food and shelter. A man is left severely injured after being attacked by a bear.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features graphic injury detail, rape and scenes in which people are shot with arrows or bullets. These scenes are accompanied by large blood sprays, blood detail and injury.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains several uses of the words “s**t” and “f**k”.

Nudity (M)

The film includes brief male full frontal nudity and depictions of buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

A woman is briefly depicted being raped by a man.

mpaa rating

R (for strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Although Leonardo DiCaprio’s convincing performance in The Revenant is heavy and rough, this brutal film is slowly overlong but is so appealing that you can’t stand to take your eyes away. But why is The Revenant worth the watch? It’s the beautiful visuals and epic story of history.

It’s easy to say that the film is not for the faint of heart, but those who stick to it will be impressed. The brutal, bloody violence is as painful to watch as it is as difficult to shield your eyes. You can’t deny that The Revenant snatches your breath and places you into a stunning Western adventure. So unless you’re ready for an astonishing survival tale in the wilderness along with some eye-gripping pain, just skip this one because it’s not always for everyone and doesn’t promise to 100% fascinate you.

Finally, it’s part of the plot making it unfair to call a major spoiler, but the bear attack just HAS to be mentioned. This scene is intensely painful and difficult to watch, but is visually impressive. And of course the action scenes are very well-constructed; if you’re a big fan of action, this film may be slow at times but the graphic activity is mind-blowing.

So if you’ve heard enough about the exciting action and brutal history, go and watch it! Well done Leonardo DiCaprio and the creators; you’ve manufactured a heavy, epic masterpiece!

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