While exploring uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. Written by
6-foot-4 stuntman Glenn Ennis was one of the two stuntmen who stood in for the computer generated bear while filming was taking place and was charged with portraying as a convincing Grizzly as possible. He states, "In rehearsals, I would wear a blue suit with a bear head which obviously doesn't make it into the film as the CGI guys paint the bear in. Alejandro G. Inarritu was adamant that the blue bear move just like a real bear would move and it was essential that it had the same nuances that a bear would have. Even though it was a big Smurf bear, it still had to be as authentic as possible." The 51 year old Vancouverite explained that the role often required him to spend quite a bit of time up-close and personal with the film's star. He goes on to say, "If you notice the bear's head in the picture, they wanted the bear's mouth to be right on his lower back. I was supposed to grab his jacket with my hand to make it look like the bear's jaws we're pulling it in order to have the bear's jaw in the small of his back. Basically, my face was in his butt. My face was in Leo's butt for a fair bit of time. I can see how that's someone's fantasy, but it wasn't mine." See more »
When Glass escapes the Indians by floating down the river, the river is first clear of ice and running through a snow free area. Soon after, when Glass climbs out, the river is full of broken ice and running through snow covered terrain.
Whilst is possible that his journey in the river could have taken him to a different area with snow, it's unlikely that the river would also become full of floating ice in such a short time. See more »
It's okay son... I know you want this to be over. I'm right here. I will be right here... But you don't give up. You hear me? As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe... keep breathing.
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At the end of the end credits: "The making and authorized distribution of this film supported over 15,000 jobs and involved hundreds of thousands of work hours." See more »
The natural landscape and some of the scenes are overwhelming and spectacular! The camera-work is so immersive, you believe are a part of Hugh Glass' journey through the wilderness and back to civilization. Also with great performances not only by DiCaprio, but also Hardy, as the unsympathetic fellow fur trapper leaving Glass behind.
Story-wise, it is a bit thin for a 156 min picture. Glass' quest for vengeance is sometimes lost as he utters few words about his drive and is being more or less, chased himself. The story arc of the Indians quest for their daughter felt a bit out of place and strange. We also get to see the fur trappers p.o.v. that left Glass behind and the Captain way ahead of them. Which in my opinion takes a little bit of the magic of Glass' total perilous journey.
All my stars goes to the beauty, production value and performances alone! Regardless, this is one of those overlong movies one like, but would not sit out for another viewing!
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