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THE REVENANT (2015) – My rating: 8.5/10

TheRevenantDress warmly before you go to see The Revenant because this film takes place in the freezing cold. The entire movie never encounters a warm moment. The Revenant is brutal and because of one man, it’s incomprehensible. This doesn’t mean you won’t understand The Revenant, it just means the actions, evilness and disregard for another fellow Human Being will baffle you to the point of ambiguity, denial and/or contempt. Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of his career as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition set in 1823 Montana and South Dakota.

A quasi-military group of trappers are hunting for pelts in the unsettled wilderness of the Louisiana Purchase, under the command of Captain Andrew Henry.  A hostile Native American Tribe called Arikara ambushes the hunting party.  Only one third manage to escape, salvaging as much as they can while still under attack from the Arikara. To make matters worse, Glass the most experienced guide with the hunting party is mauled by a grizzly bear and severely wounded, further slowing down the party who is still being pursued by the Arikara.  Because Glass is so near death, one of the hunters, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) suggest they put Glass out of his misery by killing him thus freeing the rest of the men to move faster.  Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) the hunting party leader, offers payment to anyone who stays behind and cares for Glass while the rest of them moves on.  Jim Bridger (Will Poulter) a younger hunter and Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) Glass’ son volunteers to stay along with John Fitzgerald who will receive an additional bonus if he makes sure Glass gets a descent burial, if and when he dies.  Not to spoil the rest of the movie, I’ll only say this film really begins at this point.  The grizzly attack was nothing compared to the ensuing journey from this point on.

The Revenant is an adventure, drama, thriller that last 2 hours and 37 minutes long.  It’s directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and has already won 3 Golden Globe awards for Best Motion Picture – drama, Best Director and Best Actor.  Out of all the movies I’ve seen in 2015/2016, I didn’t think The Revenant was the best but I do think it’s a good film that you’ll certainly enjoy. I actually liked the Hateful 8 a tad bit better, but that’s just my opinion.  Check it out for yourself!

[THE REVENANT is nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Directing, Cinematography, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Film Editing, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Visual Effects]

 

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) – My rating: 9/10

MadMax_FuryRoadMad Max: Fury Road turned out to be an excellent movie. It’s been 30 years since the last Mad Max film (Beyond Thunderdome). Fury Road is the fourth film of the Mad Max franchise. It takes place in post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland. Max Rockatansky (formerly played by Mel Gibson) is now played by British actor, Tom Hardy. Water, food and gasoline is scarce but cults and gangs are not. Charlize Theron plays Imperator Furiosa who drives an armored tanker truck and collects gasoline among other things. Her goal is to get back to her childhood home where she was abducted as a child. This time she is bringing with her, the wives of the current cult leader, Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his cronies who are also breeders of warlords and hoarders of water. Furiosa leads a mostly all woman team trying to break free without getting killed. Fury Road seems as though it’s going to be a chase scene across desert land with various gangs chasing Furiosa in their rigged up contraptions for most of the movie. However, more of the story kicks in and we learn what’s really behind the chasers and those being chased.  Live bodies are strapped to the front of many vehicles, causing them to endure sand storms, bullets, fire and all the other elements as a result of the chase. Max was strapped and used as a blood bag for one of the gang members early on.  It’s interesting to see how creative folks can be when they have very little to work with. These gangs are ruthless, amoral and live in a lawless society. Everything that can go wrong for Furiosa does and she ends up having to make a new set of plans that takes her back through the same territory she just escaped. The end of Fury Road is quite satisfying and makes this movie experience, time well spent.  Beware, it’s a blood bath and not for the squeamish.

[MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is nominated for Best Picture, Cinematography, Costume Design, Best Director, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects]