Originally published on The National Student on 30/09/15.
Fresh off his Oscar success with Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)earlier this year, Mexican maestro Alejandro G. Iñárritu looks to be awards-hungry once again with his latest effortThe Revenant.
Following a slew of promo images, the latest (and greatest) trailer for the adventure tale is finally with us, and it’s really quite something.
Charting the gritty war-path of wounded frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio making another fabled push for the big award) in the early 19th century, The Revenant takes a hefty gang of Hollywood’s finest upcoming talents and looks to be pushing them to their very limit.
After Glass is mauled by a bear in a remote forestland, his weakened body is desecrated by one of his fellow comrades (a very hairy Tom Hardy) and he is effectively left for dead.
Gradually regaining his strength, he sets out for vengeance, looking to make up the distance between him and his betrayers one bloody act at a time.
This new trailer not only gives us a flavour of the above plot, but also a whole lot more – from some incredible sweeping landscapes to just a hint of what might prove to be some of the most complex and grounded war sequences in recent memory. Returning director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki – back-to-back winner of the Oscar for best cinematography for Birdman and Gravity – looks to truly have outdone himself this time.
But that’s not to say that the cast don’t make their commitment known as well. DiCaprio and Hardy both look to be on top form as usual, as do the far younger likes of Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) and Will Poulter (The Maze Runner), dishing out finely-tuned performances even in the harsh conditions that they were no doubt subjected to.
Based on the trailer alone, The Revenant definitely looks to be a technical marvel – whether or not it has the goods to deliver on an emotional level too will all be revealed when it’s released here in the UK in the new year.
It might finally be Leo’s year after all.
The Revenant is released in the UK on 15th January 2016. Watch the latest trailer below.