Mark Reardon (@MarkReardonKMOX)By Mark Reardon

Leonardo DiCaprio plays a 19th century frontiersman who is left for dead by his hunting team in one of the best movies of all of 2015 which opens this weekend in St. Louis, “The Revenant.”

So, people have asked me—what the heck is a revenant? Well, it’s defined a visible ghost or animated corpse that was believed to return from the grave to terrorize the living…and that basically sums up the story of this inspired by true events movie. Inspired means not completely a true story but Leo plays Hugh Glass–a real person who in 1823 was brutally attacked by a bear and ditched by the group of hunters who were in charge of nursing him back to health. Tom Hardy plays John Fitzgerald, a fellow hunter/trapper who assumes Glass is going to die whether he sticks with him in the snowy woods or not. The mauling scene is vicious and brutal, and director Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman) and his team somehow pull off the attack with the illusion of a single shot. It’s one of several scenes that will leave you breathless. The opening sequence of the film is stunning—a battle scene between a local Pawnee tribe and a group of white trappers with arrows and bullets flying everywhere. “The Revenant” viciously grabs you by the throat and really never lets go. The only word of caveat is that this is a brutally bloody, violent and gory movie. Not for the faint of hart.

“The Revenant” is a thrilling survival tale set against the backdrop of America’s old west less than two decades after Lewis and Clark paved their way through the territory. It’s a flat out masterpiece…jaw dropping action…gorgeous cinematography…and it was my #2 two film in all of 2015. DiCaprio might finally win an Oscar for best actor…this would be my pick for best picture if Ex Machina is not nominated. I’m always looking for movies around awards time that completely blow me away…”The Revenant” is that film from 2015.

 

I don’t hand out many A’s—-but this one gets an A+.

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