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The Revenant will be one of the most unique film-going experiences ever

10.19.2015
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Along with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and The X-Files revival series, THE REVENANT has long occupied a top spot on my list of the most anticipated entertainment events of the winter. The long and arduous journey that Alejandro Iñárritu undertook to bring THE REVENANT to life has been well documented, with the actors experiencing month after month of bitter cold in remote locations all while using only natural light to shoot the film. It sounds absolutely grueling but Leonardo DiCaprio has told Yahoo Movies that it will "be one of the most unique film-going experiences that audiences have seen in modern times."

Some actors may have balked at the conditions of the shoot, but Leonardo DiCaprio believed in Iñárritu's vision and knew exactly what he was getting into:

The truth is that I knew what I was getting into. This was a film that had been floating around for quite some time, but nobody was crazy enough to really take this on, simply because of the logistics of where we needed to shoot and the amount of work and rehearsal that would have to be done to achieve Alejandro and [cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki] vision. They’re very specific about their shots and what they want to achieve, and that — compounded with the fact that we were in an all-natural environment, succumbing to whatever nature gave us — was something that became more of a profoundly intense chapter of our lives than we ever thought it was going to be.  It’s epic poetry, an existential journey through nature, and this man finding a will to live against all odds. Yet he changes, nature changes him and I think those elements changed him while we were doing the movie.

DiCaprio can name thirty or forty sequences which were some of the most difficult things he's ever had to do; "whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. [I was] enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly." Leonardo DiCaprio also touched upon one of the many standout sequences in the recently released trailer, in which his character of Hugh Glass is attacked by a bear.

Well, I’m not going to give any specifics on how we did it — you’ll figure it out on your own. But I will tell you it involved cables, it involved me flying around the forest, and it involved a tremendous amount of rehearsal. And it was pretty agonizing to do. [Those scenes] — amongst many other sequences — were some of the more difficult things I’ve ever had to do in my entire career. But the end result is going to be one of the most immersive experiences audiences will ever have with what it would be like to come face-to-face with an animal of that magnitude that is incredibly primal. It is absolutely startling and shocking, and it is the closest thing to documentary filmmaking — but in a completely stylized way that a lot of people never experienced.

Those are some mighty strong words, but based upon the absolutely gorgeous trailers and imagery we've seen, I feel confident that all the hard work the cast and crew put into THE REVENANT will pay off once the film is released on December 25, 2015.

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Source: Yahoo Movies

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10:34PM on 10/21/2015
This movie looks amazing!!
This movie looks amazing!!
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1:13AM on 10/20/2015
I have no intention of starting a fight, but the crew of the Revenant were staying at a hotel right beside the restaurant I work in, and they came in often. The 'conditions of the shoot' were no where near as bad as we are led to believe. It was one of the warmest winters in years, they actually had to truck in snow to continue filming, and at one time were actually considering moving the remainder of filming to another location on the other side of the country. Not to mention, Leo was
I have no intention of starting a fight, but the crew of the Revenant were staying at a hotel right beside the restaurant I work in, and they came in often. The 'conditions of the shoot' were no where near as bad as we are led to believe. It was one of the warmest winters in years, they actually had to truck in snow to continue filming, and at one time were actually considering moving the remainder of filming to another location on the other side of the country. Not to mention, Leo was renting a large, well equipped house in a small town nearby, so the hardships were pretty mild and well within the limits of the average person.
The cinematography looks incredible though, and I think this could finally be his Oscar performance (even though the crew were told it was up for an Oscar before filming had even finished).
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9:41PM on 10/19/2015
The film looks simply incredible.
The film looks simply incredible.
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9:27PM on 10/19/2015
After some of the crazy stuff in the trailer, I don't doubt Leo. This seems like the kind of movie they talk about when they say filmmaking is hard work and isn't always glamorous. And from what I read in the Hollywood Reporter article (I think it was HR), it sounds like it was a pretty brutal shoot with some very unhappy days on set.
After some of the crazy stuff in the trailer, I don't doubt Leo. This seems like the kind of movie they talk about when they say filmmaking is hard work and isn't always glamorous. And from what I read in the Hollywood Reporter article (I think it was HR), it sounds like it was a pretty brutal shoot with some very unhappy days on set.
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9:04PM on 10/19/2015
The Oscar race this year is going to be crazy (especially with the Best Actor category).

But I really hope this film is just completely draining as it is entertaining and unique.
The Oscar race this year is going to be crazy (especially with the Best Actor category).

But I really hope this film is just completely draining as it is entertaining and unique.
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7:48PM on 10/19/2015
I have no doubt this will be an amazing movie. I just have a feeling I am going to walk out the theater feeling exhausted.
I have no doubt this will be an amazing movie. I just have a feeling I am going to walk out the theater feeling exhausted.
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8:01PM on 10/19/2015
The true victim of the filmmaking process, if you ask me.
The true victim of the filmmaking process, if you ask me.
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