The blistering intro offers the perfect entre into the brutal, bleak, visceral world Iñárritu has created, and two minutes that should certainly have you hungering for a lot more. There is an impressionistic aura to the visuals and sound design, and the kinetic, first person camerawork bears the distinctive stamp of Academy Award® winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity). Here the collaborators behind the camera worked only with available light, restricting shooting days in the Canadian wilderness to as little as four hours. Those gruelling working conditions look like bearing fruits in remarkable vistas and a sense of sheer, toe tearing cold.
Adapted by Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) from Michael Punke's novel, The Revenant follows an ill-fated fur trapping expedition to chilly 1820s South Dakota. Hunter Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is mauled by a bear in the harsh climate, and his companions leave him for dead. To add insult to injury, several men (Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter) are assigned to bury what everyone assumes is his dead body. But the greedy scavengers decide to rob him and leave him helpless instead. Glass recovers, and swears bloody his revenge...
Iñárritu said in a statement: "This is the adventure of a man who survived the unimaginable through a long exterior journey to seek revenge and an inner journey to understand and recover all that he has lost. I wanted to tell the story without relying on special effects. I spent five years searching for the most powerful and unexplored landscapes, where we shot using only natural light on the rocky terrain of the remote wilderness of Canada, for a long period of time to evoke a very visceral response for the viewers."
The Revenant will be out in the UK on 15 January next year.