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The Revenant

2015, Adventure/Western, 2h 36m

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As starkly beautiful as it is harshly uncompromising, The Revenant uses Leonardo DiCaprio's committed performance as fuel for an absorbing drama that offers punishing challenges -- and rich rewards. Read critic reviews

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While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains life-threatening injuries from a brutal bear attack. When a member (Tom Hardy) of his hunting team kills his young son (Forrest Goodluck) and leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back to civilization. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, the legendary fur trapper treks through the snowy terrain to track down the man who betrayed him.

Rating: R (Brief Nudity|A Sexual Assault|Violence|Gory Images|Language|Strong Frontier Combat)

Genre: Adventure, Western

Original Language: English

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Producer: Arnon Milchan , Steve Golin , Alejandro González Iñárritu , Mary Parent , Keith Redmon , James W. Skotchdopole

Writer: Mark L. Smith , Alejandro González Iñárritu

Release Date (Theaters): Jan 8, 2016  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Mar 22, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA): $183.6M

Runtime: 2h 36m

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Production Co: Appian Way, New Regency Pictures, M Prods, Anonymous Content

Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, SDDS, Datasat

Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

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Leonardo DiCaprio

John Fitzgerald

Domhnall Gleeson

Captain Andrew Henry

Will Poulter

Forrest Goodluck

Paul Anderson

Kristoffer Joner

Joshua Burge

Stubby Bill

Duane Howard

Melaw Nakehk'o

Fabrice Adde

Arthur Redcloud

Christopher Rosamund

Robert Moloney

Dave Stomach Wound

Brendan Fletcher

McCaleb Burnett

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Mark L. Smith

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Arnon Milchan

Steve Golin

Mary Parent

Keith Redmon

James W. Skotchdopole

Brett Ratner

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Jennifer Davisson Killoran

David Kanter

Markus Barmettler

Emmanuel Lubezki

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Exceptionally beautiful direction and screenplay by Iñárritu. Superb cinematography. Poignant soundtrack. Brilliant performances (although Hardy's mumbling was difficult to discern oftimes). Fantastic costumes and sound. There's nothing not to love about this graceful, poetic and haunting film.

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After being attacked by a bear, Hugh Glass must survive the perils of the wilderness and avenge the murder of his son. Brutal and raw, Leonardo DiCaprio's incredible performance deserves all its accolades, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is at top form, crafting an adventure that I wish more blockbusters would imitate. There's real tension in the conflicts, and the action scenes aren't jump-cutted to incomprehensible death. The second act is a little long, and I could've done without so many shots that jerk off to trees and sky. Overall, one of the best films of the year, this is a great adventure story.

As much as I really didn't care for his Oscar winning picture 'Birdman " Director Alejandro Gonzalez Innarito put together and presented A motion picture movie with a compelling combination of beautiful, brutality and compelling acting performances that I can remember in a film picture in some time. Inarritu brought long natural light, brilliant camera-tracking shots, placement that makes specific scenes take on an impressive sense of real. I was afraid that the appealing trailers may give away too much ongoing with this film, but once you see it all the way thru, there was much more meat on the bone to chew - Revenant is a western set film that is so intense on Survival and Revenge. I was getting myself prepared for a slow start and even slower character-developing as the movie progresses , but I got anything but that. It starts out brutally violent and blood gory,..in fact it literally " rains " with brutal graphic violence (remember how Saving Private Ryan war scene started out ?) there's an absolute impressive amount of attacks and escapes, and the motion and camera shots are always moving and enticing. I found myself constantly engaged anywhere from Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) to his son, to his comrades, to the surrounding area Much is going to talked about the Grizzly scene, which was as brutally savage and tantalizing as you can expect. And it's not a quick, clean brush with death either. It stretches and extends to you find yourself thinking ...."wow, when is this going to be over, ? " .....no way he is making it out of this "" .... the frame set of the camera doing this Bear scene is brilliant, just when you think, this has to be it, this has to be the end and this has to be a final escape, the brutal scene goes on, .and squeamish you are shown the bloody results of such an attack. DiCaprio's performance was outstanding from humble father and husband, to fallen victim who has to visually and physically experience a heart broken tragedy , to how he miraculousy finds a way to emerge from helplessness to a fierce never say die sole survivor who is relentless in his quest to not only survive but hunt for vengenance. I can't think of a more terrific acting performance by DiCaprio, that easily outshines his Gangs of New York, The Departure and Django Unchained. Revenant has a pace that can be compared to Castaway in that it has a mesmerizing slowness but it's unique in how it still engages and appeals to you. You can't pull away from it because of the creativity in either the characters, or how the way of survival, escapes or prey-hunting is being presented to you. John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) keeps another half of it going because he is brilliantly ruthless - almost to a babbling psycho nut presence. Fitzgerald can sabotage or turn on a friend or foe at any given moment and turn. And he is corky in how he does it. And you can eventually get to a hold of why Fitz thinks and feels the way he does and takes the course of action he does to alleviate the crucial revenge hunt. And just when you thought that would be the end of Glass's tragedies and heartbreaks he is about discover another in an unsuspecting friend. And there is eventually the finale which not only includes again some graphic violence but some turning strategic combat methods as well. Interesting the plot and story write of the Revenant is pretty simple, however the combination of acting performances , action sequences and camera work and cinematography will be on a cult classic for many decades to come. From the snowy woods and mountains, to the murky trees of the forest, from the river waters and falls , to the group camp scenes, and there is also a well done music score as well. i spoke much about the bear scene, but expect to be almost in awe with the horse scene as well. Frankly speaking I have no doubt in my mind that the Revenant will be going away with the Oscar come February and we could see awards given away for best actor, best director , best cinematography, and most definitely ... Best Picture. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd have to give the Revenant a 9.0

See more reviews like this at chrisbreviews.blogspot.com First things first, steer clear of this one if you don't like either of the following; This movie is LONG. 3 hours long (including ads and credits). AND It is VERY gory. There's excessive violence, a lot of blood, and quite confronting conflict. Right, if you're still here, let's get on with the actual movie quality. The plot moves along very slowly, with bursts of tense or action sequences in between watching DiCaprio crawling through snow. It depends on your perspective, but these scenes were probably inserted by Director Iñárritu to demonstrate Hugh's recovery and to emphasise the underlying theme of survival and perseverance. Don't see it if you've got a short attention span. But, the plot, aside from its excessive length, is truly brilliant. It centres around revenge and there is constantly something posing a threat to the main character, even in those dull moments the freezing temperature causes Glass to do some quick thinking. And the relentless barrage of threats over 3 hours truly emphasises his achievement of survival, makes audiences admire his sheer determination, and makes you root for this character the whole way. Even in its conclusion, you remember everything he's endured throughout the movie and be in awe of the character. It's truly an amazing story, and what makes it even more amazing is that it's based on true events. The CGI, Special effects, and make up are all exemplary. And there's a lot of opportunities for them to shine. The most impressive example of this is the bear that mauls Glass. But, even though its minor to many, one of the biggest things that annoy me is that everyone except the good guys seem to be horrible at aiming! There's a scene with Glass on a horse riding parallel to an army of Indians and not one of them hit him! So plot convenience was my biggest irritation. The cast is nearly entirely male; consisting of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Lukas Haas, and Kristoffer Joner. Obviously we all know that DiCaprio is nominated for an Oscar for his performance, and he's a big chance at finally winning. If he doesn't earn it on this performance, he never will. Because he was brilliant, despite having no speech nearly the entire time. And he's stolen the spotlight, but I don't think Tom Hardy was given enough credit as he deserved. I learned over the 3 hours to despise him, and he was an integral element in the overall quality of this movie and DiCaprio's performance. Young Will Poulter wasn't too bad either as the naïve and scared young hunter. Hugh Glass was of course an incredibly interesting and well-developed character. We see flashbacks of his deceased wife and parents telling him to survive and push the limits no matter what. This same message is delivered to Glass's son, and we are reminded of it throughout the movie, but we don't need to be to see that's its obviously been deep-seeded in Glass. That and his desire for revenge allows him to persist and endure even in the closest of death experiences and when all seems lost. Even I felt hopeless for him yet he somehow gets back up again. Hardy's character Fitz doesn't seem to have enough motivation aside from some strange sense of racism to kill Glass's son and have an uncontrollable hate for Glass. That was a slight downfall. With plenty of time to kill, they included plenty of genres. They include action, adventure, biographical, drama, history, thriller, war, and western. The setting was in the 1820's American winter. We can't forget the fantastic themes that the movie was centralised around. These are themes of survival, perseverance, revenge, family, love, and murder. To conclude, I thought this was a brilliant film, and it's not just me that thinks so, with the film scoring a whopping 12 nominations including best picture, best actor in a leading role, best actor in a supporting role, cinematography (which I loved due to the panoramic tracking shots for extended periods during battle sequences), and directing. Unfortunately, it was just too long and had a few too many plot conveniences and a couple underdeveloped characters.

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Great film has the power to convey the unimaginable. We sit in the comfort of a darkened theater or our living room and watch protagonists suffer through physical and emotional pain that most of us can’t really comprehend. Too often, these endurance tests feel manipulative or, even worse, false. We’re smart enough to “see the strings” being pulled, and the actor and set never fades away into the character and condition. What’s remarkable about Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” is how effectively it transports us to another time and place, while always maintaining its worth as a piece of visual art. You don’t just watch “The Revenant,” you experience it. You walk out of it exhausted, impressed with the overall quality of the filmmaking and a little more grateful for the creature comforts of your life.

Iñárritu and co-writer Mark L. Smith set their tone early, staging a breathtaking assault on a group of fur trappers by Native Americans, portrayed not just as “enemies” but a violent force of nature. While a few dozen men are preparing to pack up and move on to their next stop in the great American wilderness, a scene out of “ Apocalypse Now ” unfolds. Arrows pierce air and flesh as the few surviving men flee to a nearby boat. It turns out that the tribe is seeking a kidnapped daughter of its leader, and will kill anyone who gets in their way. At the same time, we learn that one of the trappers, Hugh Glass ( Leonardo DiCaprio ) has a half-Native American son named Hawk (Forrest Goodluck).

Low on men and hunted, the expedition leader Andrew Henry ( Domhnall Gleeson ) orders that their crew return to its base, a fort in the middle of this snowy wilderness. John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) disagrees, and the seeds of dissent are planted. He doesn’t trust Henry, and he doesn’t like Glass. In the midst of these discussions, Glass is away from the crew one day when he’s brutally attacked by a bear—the sequence is, without hyperbole, one of the most stunning things I’ve seen on film in a long time, heart-racing and terrifying. Glass barely survives the attack. It seems highly unlikely that he’ll make it back to the base. With increasingly dangerous conditions and a tribe of killers on their heels, they agree to split up. Most of the men will go back first while Fitzgerald, Hawk and a young man named Bridger ( Will Poulter ) will get a sizable fee to stay with Glass until he dies, giving him as much comfort as possible in his final days and the burial he deserves.

Of course, Fitzgerald quickly tires of having to watch a man he doesn’t care about die. He kills Hawk in front of an immobile Glass and then basically buries Hugh alive. As Bridger and Fitzgerald head back, Glass essentially rises from the dead (the word revenant means “one that returns after death or a long absence”) and begins his quest for vengeance. With broken bones, no food, and miles to go, he pulls himself through snow and across mountains, seeking the man who killed his son. He is practically a ghost, a man who has come as close to death as one possibly can but is unwilling to go to the other side until justice is done.

The bulk of “The Revenant” consists of this torturous journey, as Glass regains his strength and gets closer to home through sheer force of will. Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning cinematographer for “ Birdman ,” Emmanuel Lubezki (who also took a trophy for “ Gravity ” the year before and could easily make it three in a row for this work) shoots “The Revenant” in a way that conveys both the harrowing conditions and the artistry of his vision. The sky seems to go on forever; the horizon is neverending. He works in a color palette provided by nature, and yet enhanced. The snow seems whiter, the sky bluer. Many of his shots, especially in times of great danger like the opening attack and the bear scene, are unbroken — placing us in the middle of the action.

At other times, Lubezki’s choices recall his work on “The Tree of Life,” especially in scenes in the second half when Glass’s journey gets more mystical. And that’s where the film falters a bit.  Iñárritu  doesn’t quite have a handle on those second-half scenes and the 156-minute running time begins to feel self-indulgent as the film loses focus. When it centers on the conditions and the tale of a man unwilling to die, it’s mesmerizing. I just think there’s a tighter version, especially in the mid-section, that would be even more effective.

About that man: So much has been made of this film being DiCaprio’s “Overdue Oscar” shot that I feel like his actual work here will be undervalued. Make no mistake. Should he win, it will not be some “Lifetime Achievement” win as we’ve seen in the past for actors who we all thought should have won for another film ( Paul Newman , Al Pacino , etc.). He’s completely committed in every terrifying moment, pushing himself further than he ever has before as an actor. Even just the physical demands of this protagonist would have been enough to break a lot of lesser actors, but it’s the way in which DiCaprio captures his internal fortitude that’s captivating—his body may be broken, but we believe he is unwilling to give up.

The minimal supporting cast is good, and it’s nice to see Gleeson continue to have an incredible 2015 (also in “ Brooklyn ,” “ Ex Machina ” and “ Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens ”). Tom Hardy is less effective, often going a little too heavy on the tics (wide eyes, shot up-close), but I think that’s a fault of the direction and not one of our best actors. In the end, this is DiCaprio’s film through and through, and he nails every challenging beat, literally throwing himself into this character that demands more of him physically than any other before. 

What would you do for vengeance? What conditions could you surmount to get it? Or would you just give up? Our favorite films often drop questions like these into our lives, allowing us to appreciate the world a little differently than before we saw them. “The Revenant” has this power. It lingers. It hangs in the back of your mind like the best classic parables of man vs. nature. It will stay there for quite some time. 

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Leonardo DiCaprio gives an Oscar®-winning performance in Oscar®-winning Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s cinematic masterpiece. Inspired by true events and winner of three Oscars® (actor, cinematography and directing), "The Revenant" follows the story of legendary explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) on his quest for survival and justice. After a brutal bear attack, Glass is left for dead by a treacherous member of his hunting team (Tom Hardy). Against extraordinary odds, and enduring unimaginable grief, Glass battles a relentless winter in uncharted terrain. This epic adventure captures the extraordinary power of the human spirit in an immersive and visceral experience unlike anything before.

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How historically accurate is The Revenant?

The Leonardo DiCaprio adventure takes the basic facts of real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass’s ordeal and adds extra characters, extra ultraviolence and more horse guts

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Entertainment grade: B– History grade: C–

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Hugh Glass was a frontiersman working in the upper Missouri river area in the early years of the 19th century. On a fur trapping expedition in 1823, he was attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear.

Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is one of a group of men finishing up a fur trapping expedition in the wilderness. They are attacked by Ree (Arikara) warriors. Whoosh! Someone gets impaled on a spear. Bang! Someone gets shot off his horse. Crack! Someone’s bones shatter. There’s an unflinching close-up of an arrow thwacking into a face, a gun butt bashing into a face, a flying kick to a face. A horse gets shot in the face. It’s exceptionally well choreographed and filmed.

This scene is based on a real-life incident: William H Ashley and Andrew Henry (the latter played by Domhnall Gleeson in the film) set up the Rocky Mountain Fur Company in 1822. In June 1823, Ashley’s band of around 70 men was attacked by Arikara warriors – they estimated around 600, though in the film it’s more like a dozen. Various accounts suggest that between 12 and 18 of Ashley’s men were killed.

In the film, 10 men get away. Among them are Captain Henry, Glass, Glass’s son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) and trappers John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) and Jim Bridger (Will Poulter). They have a conversation, but it’s all so extravagantly mumbled that it’s hard to work out what’s going on. Fitzgerald is fighty and racist, so he’s the baddie. Glass is the goodie, because he loves his son (who is half-Pawnee ) in a gruff, manly way that involves telling him off a lot. The backstory about Glass’s love for a Pawnee woman is fiction. It has been suggested the real Glass had such a relationship, but there’s no firm evidence – and no evidence that he had any children.

As the men make their way through a forest, Glass happens upon two bear cubs and their angry mama. If you felt wan after the face-smashing scene at the start, reach for the smelling salts. Chomp! Growl! Shake! The bear sniffs him to see if he’s dead, then jumps up and down on his back. Splinter! Howl! Slash! Glass shoots the bear. That really gets on its wick. It tries to rip his throat out. He stabs it in the neck. It flops on him and dies heavily, squishing him like a punctured bouncy castle full of blood.

The cinema audience is by this point laughing, half in horror and half because the scene goes on for so long that it becomes comical. Anyway, while historians are not certain of the precise details, the real Glass did get into a fight with a real bear, some time in August 1823.

The men find Glass in a rum old state. Captain Henry pays Fitzgerald, Bridger and Hawk to stay behind until it is time for Glass’s inevitable burial. When the captain leaves, Fitzgerald tries to bump Glass off. Hawk interrupts, so Fitzgerald bumps him off instead. This didn’t happen in real life, because Hawk didn’t exist. In the film, the ailing Glass sees Fitzgerald kill his son, giving him an extra motivation to stay alive and seek revenge. When Fitzgerald persuades Bridger to bury Glass alive and abandon him, you know Glass isn’t going to go quietly.

The real Glass survived his abandonment and dragged his battered body over hundreds of miles of terrain in pursuit of the men who left him for dead. Though he could read and write, Glass never set his story down in his own hand. It was first published by another writer in The Port Folio , a Philadelphia journal, in 1825. It may well have been embroidered then. It has been embroidered many times since.

The film has invented some extra obstacles for Glass: it is snowing throughout, even though in real life his trek took place between August and October; the Arikara track him and chase him into a tree; he has to hollow out a dead horse to make himself a sleeping bag. It’s brilliantly filmed, but the characterisations and dialogue don’t match the sophistication of the visuals. Moreover, by the second lingering closeup of a horse’s eye or the sixth epic landscape shot with four-fifths sky and one-fifth land, even those sophisticated visuals begin to feel repetitive. As for the ending, it has been changed in one significant way: in real life, nobody got killed.

The Revenant is an impressive film inspired by Glass’s real-life story, but lays it on a bit thick and ends up curiously unmoving. The whole thing is begging to be sped up into a two-minute YouTube video set to Benny Hill music.

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The highly acclaimed 2015 movie The Revenant stunned audiences with its gripping story and beautiful cinematography, weaving an epic tale of resilience and revenge.

Although the filmmakers took some liberties in bringing the story to life, the events shown in the movie are, remarkably, based on true events.

The Revenant was inspired by the story of Hugh Glass, an American frontiersman, fur trapper and explorer who operated around the Upper Missouri River in the early 19th century.

Illustration of Hugh Glass and his legendary bear attack published at the time for a newspaper.

Illustration of Hugh Glass and his legendary bear attack published at the time for a newspaper.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, in 1823 he was working as a guide for General William Henry Ashley, who intended to lead a fur trading expedition up the Missouri River.

Expeditions of this kind were a dangerous endeavor. Fur trapping parties were at risk of attack from Arikara warriors, and Ashley’s party soon suffered an assault that killed 15 people. Glass himself was wounded in the attack, which would be the catalyst for the Arikara War.

However, the risk of conflict was not the only danger facing the fur trading party. This region, in modern-day South Dakota, was wild country, populated by fearsome grizzly bears.

The 200 mile route of the 1823 odyssey by Glass.

The 200 mile route of the 1823 odyssey by Glass.

These great beasts could rise over 12 feet tall and typically weighed around three quarters of a ton. An encounter with a grizzly left little chance of survival.

One day, while scouting ahead of the rest of the party, Glass accidentally stumbled on a grizzly bear and her two cubs. He fired a shot straight into her chest, but the bear continued her attack.

A century after the events unfolded, the Milwaukee Journal published an article about the exploits of Hugh Glass.

A century after the events unfolded, the Milwaukee Journal published an article about the exploits of Hugh Glass.

According to The Telegraph, Glass was just able to hold her off with his hunting knife until his companions caught up with him and managed to kill the bear.

Glass was semi-unconscious, bleeding heavily and had suffered serious wounds on his limbs and torso, in addition to a fractured leg. His companions believed there was little hope of survival, and so they made him comfortable and waited for the inevitable. Take a closer look with the following video:

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The next day, Glass showed little sign of improvement, but he clung persistently to life. Torn between a sense of loyalty to Glass and the need to move the company away from Arikara territory before they were attacked again, the leader of the group decided to pay two men to remain behind with Glass until he died.

Arikara warrior

Arikara warrior

These men were John Fitzgerald and a youth named Jim Bridger. They stayed with Glass for a week, but as the days passed, and Glass continued to struggle on, Fitzgerald became increasingly anxious.

He convinced Bridger to abandon Glass, arguing that there was no sense in all three men losing their lives. They took all the supplies and tools, leaving Glass utterly alone and defenseless.

Incredibly, Glass regained consciousness and gradually began to recover his strength. Initially he was unable to stand, but successfully dragged himself to a nearby river where he survived on water and whatever roots and berries he could find.

Some mountain men maintained a close relationship with the Native American tribes

Some mountain men maintained a close relationship with the Native American tribes

According to The Telegraph, he was forced to set his own broken leg, and allowed maggots to eat away at the dead flesh of his wounds to prevent gangrene. Later he feasted on the rotting meat of abandoned kills, and little by little, he began to drag himself towards the nearest settlement, Fort Kiowa, a staggering 250 miles away.

As the days passed, Glass grew stronger and was finally able to stand. One day he interrupted a group of wolves that had just killed a buffalo calf, and he knew that this would determine his survival. He chased away the pack and feasted on the carcass for several days.

Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Glass’s survival journey did not take place in the cold season, nor did it involve tall mountain ranges. Photo by Spencer CC BY-SA 2.5

Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Glass’s survival journey did not take place in the cold season, nor did it involve tall mountain ranges. Photo by Spencer CC BY-SA 2.5

Eventually he came to the Cheyenne River, where he was able to fashion a raft and float downstream to Fort Kiowa. At the forefront of his mind was the image of the faces of the two men who had abandoned him; he was determined to survive just in order to look them in the eye and have his revenge.

Finally, after six weeks of travel, Glass came to Fort Kiowa. Having recuperated from his ordeal, he was determined to seek out Fitzgerald and Bridger. He first encountered Bridger, but took mercy on him when he realized the boy’s youth and remorse for what he had done, under Fitzgerald’s instruction.

This life-size Hybrid Metal Art sculpture features Hugh Glass being mauled by a Grizzly Bear. Photo byJohn Lee Lopez CC BY-SA 4.0

This life-size Hybrid Metal Art sculpture features Hugh Glass being mauled by a Grizzly Bear. Photo by John Lee Lopez CC BY-SA 4.0

However, Glass was still consumed by rage against Fitzgerald. When he finally caught up with him, he discovered that Fitzgerald had signed up as a scout in the US army, making him effectively untouchable. Glass vowed that the day Fitzgerald left the army he would no longer be safe, and that he would pursue him to his death.

But Glass was never able to fulfill this promise. He returned to life as a guide and fur trapper, and eventually met his end at the hands of the Arikara in 1833. Although his life was cut short, Hugh Glass is remembered throughout the United States for his incredible feat of survival.

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There are no written sources from Glass himself concerning his ordeal, and the earliest written record is an account published in the literary journal The Portfolio. It is impossible to know how much of the story is fact, and how much is literary embellishment.

Nevertheless, it remains a timeless tale of endurance, tenacity and retribution, and it continues to resonate with readers and audiences today.

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In its purest form, cinema is supposed to enthrall its audience by transporting them into its make-belief worlds and the characters that inhabit them through visual and auditory stimulations. ‘The Revenant,’ Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (‘Birdman’) revisionist western drama film based on the 2002 namesake novel by Michael Punke, goes a step further. It is so meticulous and evocative in its depiction of its characters’ struggles and urgency that the audience can feel them against their own skin and bones.

With the help of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (‘Gravity’) and co-scriptwriter Mark L. Smith (‘Martyrs’), Iñárritu has achieved something uniquely remarkable with ‘The Revenant,’ creating a film that is relentlessly gritty and dark in its portrayal of the American frontier. Yet, it bleeds with vivid beauty and the color of its setting in each scene. The film tells the story of fur trapper Hugh Glass ( Leonardo DiCaprio ) and his quest for vengeance against the man who killed his son and left him to die. Here is everything you need to know about the ending of ‘The Revenant.’ SPOILERS AHEAD.

The Revenant Plot Synopsis

The film is set in late 1823 in the seemingly limitless snowy territory of the present-day Dakotas. Glass and his half-Pawnee son, Hawk (Forrest Goodluck), are part of a fur-trapping expedition led by Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) up the Missouri River. Danger lurks in the background, just beyond what naked eyes can see, taking the shape of the natives, local fauna, or nature itself.

As the trappers get ready to relocate to the next hotspot, they are ambushed by an Arikara war party searching for their chief’s abducted daughter, Powaqa (Melaw Nakehk’o). As the horror of a systematic slaughter unfolds around them, Glass, Hawk, and other survivors manage to escape their brutal attackers via a riverboat.

Accurately concluding that they will fall into the Arikara hands if they continue to travel by boat, Glass leads the survivors through the winter-struck landscape to Fort Kiowa. This means that the trappers have to leave most of the pelts they gathered during the expedition behind. It ends up creating a rift between Glass and fellow seasoned trapper John Fitzgerald ( Tom Hardy ).

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While out on patrol, Glass is savagely mauled by a grizzly bear. On the verge of death, Glass is left by Captain Henry under the care of Hawk, Jim Bridger (Will Poulter), and John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), with the clear instructions that if Glass were to die, Fitzgerald must ensure that Glass has received a proper burial to earn the $300 that Henry promises him (Fitzgerald).

However, with the threat of the Arikara still looming over them and Glass showing no sign of dying, Fitzgerald decides to take matters into his own hands and tries to suffocate Glass. When Hawk intervenes, Fitzgerald kills the boy and hides his body. He later convinces Bridger that the Arikara are coming, and if they want to survive, they must leave Glass behind.

Back at Fort Kiowa, Fitzgerald tells the story of his choosing to Henry, with Bridger being reluctantly complicit in at least one of Fitzgerald’s crimes. However, what none of them ever think can be possible happens. From somewhere deep within him, Glass finds the desire to survive. He makes the arduous trek back to Fort Kiowa on his own, crawling, walking, and riding the hundreds of miles of distance with a rare single-mindedness of a man seeking justice and vengeance.

The Revenant Ending: Does Glass Get His Revenge Against Fitzgerald?

Yes, to a degree. Of course, Iñárritu isn’t Quentin Tarantino, and ‘The Revenant’ isn’t ‘Kill Bill.’ There is no melodrama or sensationalism in the violence that takes place at the end of the former movie. Instead, it is cold, detached, and beautiful in its profound savagery, like the rest of the film.

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Early in the film, Iñárritu establishes the sheer dichotomy between his protagonist and antagonist simply by demonstrating their respective views on Native Americans. Those views guide their choices, and later, fatally culminate for one of them. Glass had a Pawnee wife, who was killed along with the rest of her tribe in an attack by the US Army.

He is still haunted by visions of his wife and a mountain of skulls. Despite the evident competition with the natives for resources, Glass doesn’t necessarily harbor any ill-will towards them. When he discovers that the Pawnee refugee, who saved his life, has been hanged by French hunters, he takes a brief detour from his main path of revenge, killing most of the hunters and freeing Powaqa.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum is Fitzgerald. During his service in the Army, a tribe of Native Americans partially scalped him, which has filled Fitzgerald with immense hatred for them. This becomes glaringly evident in his treatment of Hawk. Ultimately, understanding the reasons behind these two individuals’ actions can offer us a window to grasp the ending.

If Fitzgerald is propelled forward by greed and self-preservation, Glass’ desire to continue living stems from his endless love for his son. Beyond vengeance, this is what keeps him alive in the harshest environment imaginable. In the climactic scene, when Glass has the vengeance he so desires within his reach, he recalls the words of his Pawnee savior, “Revenge is in the Creator’s hands.”

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Those words resonate within him as he sends Fitzgerald downriver to the Arikara. With the wounds he has received during their vicious fight, Fitzgerald is not likely to survive the night. After all, he doesn’t have anyone who might have inspired the kind of desperation that Glass displays while surviving in the American Wilderness. So, it doesn’t ultimately matter what the Arikara decide. However, it is fundamentally ironic that, of all people, Fitzgerald gets his fate decided by Native Americans. And that, as Glass likely sees it, is vengeance in its truest sense.

What is Going to Happen to Glass? Will He Live On?

After Elk Dog (Duane Howard), the Arikara chieftain, kills and scalps Fitzgerald, they cross the river. In that particular moment, Glass is unsure about his fate. He has spent the past few weeks running away from the Arikara as he has chasing after Fitzgerald. But, now that he has his revenge, he waits for the Arikara with a surreal indifference. It is revealed that Powaqa is back with her tribe. She probably told her father what happened with the French hunters. The Arikara pass by Glass, and the hint of respect they show him before vanishing into the white surroundings is their way of offering gratitude.

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After the Arikara’s departure, Glass drags himself into the mountains. For the first time, he finds himself truly alone and aimless. And he can’t feed the fire of vengeance any longer to keep himself going. “You came all this way for revenge, huh?” Fitzgerald asks him before dying. “Well you enjoy it Glass, because there ain’t nothing gonna bring your boy back.”

The film becomes ambiguous at this point. Glass sees another vision of his wife, which might indicate that he will soon die and join his family in the afterlife. However, he continues to breathe loudly and strongly as the credits begin rolling, showing that he still might have some willingness to live. If the latter is true, then the determined survivalist will find a way to make it back to the town.

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The Revenant is a critically acclaimed movie that has garnered widespread attention and praise since its release. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the film takes viewers on an epic journey into the wilderness of the 19th-century American frontier. Based on true events, The Revenant follows the story of legendary explorer Hugh Glass as he embarks on a treacherous quest for revenge after being left for dead by his companions. With its stunning cinematography, gripping storyline, and powerful performances, The Revenant has become a cinematic masterpiece. In this article, we will delve into 38 fascinating facts about the making, reception, and impact of The Revenant that will further enhance your appreciation for this remarkable film .

The Revenant is a 2015 American epic adventure film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.

The film is based on the true story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who fights for survival in the 1820s American frontier.

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Academy Award for his performance in The Revenant.

DiCaprio’s portrayal of Hugh Glass earned him the Oscar for Best Actor. He also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for the role.

The movie was filmed in some of the harshest conditions imaginable.

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his team endured freezing temperatures and remote locations to capture the authentic look and feel of the wilderness.

The Revenant was inspired by a novel of the same name written by Michael Punke.

Punke’s book tells the story of Hugh Glass and served as the basis for the screenplay.

The film features stunning cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.

Lubezki’s work on The Revenant earned him his third consecutive Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

The bear attack scene in The Revenant was created using a combination of CGI and practical effects.

The sequence took months to plan and execute, resulting in a truly intense and realistic moment in the film.

The Revenant was shot using only natural light.

Director of Photography Emmanuel Lubezki relied on natural lighting conditions to capture the raw beauty of the landscapes.

Tom Hardy gives a powerful performance as the antagonist, John Fitzgerald.

Hardy’s portrayal of the treacherous Fitzgerald earned him critical acclaim and a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards.

The Revenant had a long and arduous production process.

The film faced numerous challenges, including extreme weather conditions and logistical issues in remote locations.

The Revenant was a commercial and critical success.

The film grossed over $500 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics, praising its performances and visual effects.

The Revenant holds the record for the highest number of Academy Award nominations for a film shot entirely in the wilderness.

The film received 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.

The movie’s intense and visceral scenes made it a memorable cinematic experience.

The Revenant captivated audiences with its immersive storytelling and breathtaking action sequences.

The Revenant showcases the resilience of the human spirit.

Hugh Glass’ journey of survival and revenge serves as a testament to the indomitable human will.

The film explores themes of revenge, redemption, and the harsh realities of the frontier era.

The Revenant delves into the darker aspects of human nature and the lengths one will go to in order to survive.

Leonardo DiCaprio underwent intense physical challenges for his role.

DiCaprio endured freezing temperatures, ate raw bison liver, and learned some Native American languages to fully immerse himself in the character.

The Revenant showcases the beauty of the natural world.

The film’s stunning cinematography captures the untamed landscapes of the wilderness, emphasizing the contrast between the brutality of survival and the serenity of nature.

The Revenant was praised for its realistic portrayal of Native American culture.

The film consulted with Native American advisors to ensure accurate representation and respectful treatment of indigenous peoples.

The Revenant features a haunting and atmospheric score composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto.

The music adds another layer of intensity and emotion to the film’s gripping narrative.

The film’s production design and costume design were meticulously researched and executed.

Every detail, from the authentic clothing to the realistic set pieces, contributed to the film’s immersive and visually stunning world.

The Revenant showcases the power of human connection in the face of adversity.

The relationships between characters, particularly the bond between Hugh Glass and his son, provide emotional depth to the story.

The movie’s release sparked a renewed interest in the real-life story of Hugh Glass.

Many people were inspired to learn more about the historical figure and his incredible tale of survival.

The Revenant was praised for its attention to detail in depicting the historical era.

Costumes, weapons, and architecture were all meticulously researched and recreated to transport viewers to the frontier era.

The film’s screenplay was co-written by Alejandro González Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith.

The collaboration resulted in a powerful and nuanced script that brought the story to life.

The Revenant showcases the brutality of the fur trade industry in the 1820s.

The film does not shy away from depicting the harsh realities and violence of the era.

The movie’s title, “The Revenant,” refers to a person who has returned from the dead or a long absence.

This resonates with the story of Hugh Glass, who overcomes insurmountable odds to seek revenge.

The film’s editing, done by Stephen Mirrione, enhances the sense of tension and urgency.

The rapid pace and seamless transitions keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

The Revenant features a diverse and talented cast.

In addition to Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, the film also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, and Forrest Goodluck.

The Revenant was a physically demanding film to make.

The cast and crew endured grueling conditions and challenging stunts to bring the story to life.

The movie’s exploration of nature and man’s relationship with the wilderness resonated with audiences.

The Revenant reminds us of the awe-inspiring power of nature and the impact humans have on the environment.

The Revenant won three Academy Awards in total.

In addition to Leonardo DiCaprio’s Best Actor win, the film also received Oscars for Best Director and Best Cinematography.

The Revenant received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of survival in the wilderness.

The film’s attention to detail and immersive storytelling transported viewers into the harsh and unforgiving world of 19th-century frontier life.

The Revenant’s production team included many experienced wilderness experts.

These experts helped ensure the safety of the cast and crew during the challenging filming process.

The film’s success helped bring attention to Alejandro González Iñárritu as a visionary director.

Iñárritu’s unique storytelling style and attention to detail were recognized and celebrated by both critics and audiences.

The Revenant showcases the resilience and determination of the human spirit.

The film’s protagonist, Hugh Glass, serves as an inspiring example of survival and perseverance against all odds.

The movie’s use of silence and minimal dialogue creates a visceral and immersive experience.

The absence of constant chatter allows the natural sounds of the environment to take center stage, enhancing the film’s realism.

The Revenant is a visually stunning film that captivates the viewer from start to finish.

Each frame is carefully composed, resulting in a cinematic masterpiece that showcases the beauty and brutality of the wilderness.

The film’s success paved the way for more exploration of historical and survival-themed movies.

The Revenant’s impact on the film industry can be seen in subsequent releases that tackle similar themes and settings.

The Revenant is a must-watch film that combines breathtaking visuals, powerful performances, and a compelling story.

Its gripping narrative and immersive experience make it a standout movie in the adventure genre.

So, there you have it – 38 fascinating facts about the movie “The Revenant”. From its grueling production process to its award-winning performances, this film has left an indelible mark on cinema history. Whether you’re a fan of intense survival stories, stunning cinematography, or simply looking for a captivating movie, “The Revenant” is definitely worth watching.

In conclusion, The Revenant is a visually stunning and emotionally intense film that captivated audiences around the world. With its incredible performances, breathtaking cinematography, and gripping storyline, it is no wonder that the movie was widely acclaimed and received numerous accolades. The dedication and commitment of the cast and crew, led by director Alejandro González Iñárritu , brought this harrowing tale of survival to life in a way that resonated with audiences.The Revenant pushed the boundaries of filmmaking with its use of natural lighting and immersive shooting locations, creating a visceral and authentic viewing experience. The performances of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy were nothing short of extraordinary, with DiCaprio earning his first Academy Award for his portrayal of Hugh Glass.The movie serves as a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the will to survive against all odds. The Revenant is a masterpiece in every sense of the word and a must-watch for any movie enthusiast.

1. Is The Revenant based on a true story?

Yes, The Revenant is based on a true story. It is inspired by the life of Hugh Glass, an American frontiersman, explorer, and fur trapper, who survived a bear attack and sought revenge against those who left him for dead.

2. How many Academy Awards did The Revenant win?

The Revenant won a total of three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Director for Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki.

3. How long did it take to film The Revenant?

The filming of The Revenant took approximately nine months, primarily due to the challenging shooting locations and the use of natural lighting.

4. Did Leonardo DiCaprio really eat a raw bison liver?

Yes, Leonardo DiCaprio ate a raw bison liver for a particular scene in the movie to make it more authentic and realistic.

5. How much money did The Revenant gross at the box office?

The Revenant grossed over $532 million worldwide, making it a commercial success.

6. Who composed the music for The Revenant?

The music for The Revenant was composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, and Bryce Dessner.

7. Are there any sequels or prequels planned for The Revenant?

As of now, there are no official plans for sequels or prequels to The Revenant.

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The 25 Best Movies Like 'The Revenant,' Ranked

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Embark on an adrenaline-fueled cinematic journey as we unveil a meticulously curated list of epic movies that resonate with the primal intensity of The Revenant . Driven by a passion for captivating storytelling and immersive survival dramas, we have expertly curated these new and classic films to provide you with an enthralling lineup that mirrors the raw human struggle against formidable odds.

In this carefully crafted selection, you'll discover movies that share thematic parallels with The Revenant , a film renowned for its visceral portrayal of survival in the unforgiving wilderness. The movies on this list have been compiled using Ranker’s voter data and correlations, presenting a unique compilation of films that capture the essence of Leonardo DiCaprio's mesmerizing journey in the snowy expanses.

Dive into heart-pounding adventures like The Grey , where Liam Neeson leads a desperate pack against a relentless wolf pack in the chilling heart of Alaska's wilderness. Feel the pulse of historical drama entwined with fantasy elements in Pathfinder , a tale set before Columbus' arrival, exploring identity and survival against all odds.

For those craving a blend of historical fiction and survival drama, The 13th Warrior offers a gripping narrative as Antonio Banderas joins a band of Vikings to tackle an unseen monstrous force decimating their lands. Additionally, the visionary masterpiece Valhalla Rising by Nicolas Winding Refn thrusts you into the grim world of a Norse warrior's survival during the Crusades, echoing the primal survival instinct depicted in The Revenant.

As you peruse through this list of more movies like The Revenant , you'll find convenient "Where to Watch" buttons below each film, linking you to popular streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Max, Apple TV+, Hulu, Paramount+, and Disney+, among others. Unleash the power of your votes and let your cinematic preferences shine by voting on your favorite items on the list. Immerse yourself in these captivating tales of survival, resilience, and the unyielding spirit of humanity after the riveting experience of The Revenant.

The Green Knight

The Green Knight

The Green Knight is a cinematic retelling of the medieval Arthurian legend, focusing on Sir Gawain, King Arthur's headstrong nephew, as he embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight. Encounters with witches, giants, and ghosts pepper his journey, as Gawain grapples with his courage, character, and the nature of honor, culminating in a decisive challenge that questions the true meaning of knighthood and virtue.

While The Green Knight dives into the fantastical elements of chivalric lore, it bears thematic similarities to the gritty realism of The Revenant . Both films explore the harrowing trials of their protagonists in vast, unforgiving landscapes, employing their respective wildernesses as catalysts for existential reflection. The harsh, yet beautiful natural world tests both Gawain and Hugh Glass of The Revenant , pushing them to their limits and demanding reconsideration of their values and the price of their quests for honor and vengeance.

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Hostiles

In Hostiles , set in 1892, Christian Bale shines as Captain Joseph Blocker, tasked with escorting a dying Cheyenne war chief back to his ancestral land. This journey across hostile terrain becomes not just an external battle against nature and opposing forces but also an internal exploration of empathy and redemption. The film's intricate depiction of Native American history and culture intertwines with its survivalist narrative, thus offering viewers an immersive experience that transcends the typical confines of the genre.

Captain Blocker embarks on a journey akin to the protagonist in The Revenant . Both films delve into internal and external conflicts, exploring themes of empathy and redemption against the backdrop of hostile terrains and Native American cultures.

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The Grey

The Grey plunges its audience into the chilling heart of Alaska's wilderness, where a group of oil workers must fight for survival after their plane crashes. The most notable cast member is Liam Neeson, who plays a skilled huntsman leading the desperate pack against a relentless wolf pack. His character's struggle with faith and mortality adds depth to the survival theme, making this movie more than just a man vs nature tale. Its intense portrayal of raw human instinct and resilience has left an indelible mark on the Survival Drama genre.

The Grey thrusts viewers into the harsh Alaskan wilderness, mirroring the survival theme of The Revenant . Both films depict characters battling nature's extremes.

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Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson is a classic tale of adventure and survival, set in the 1800s, that follows the titular character, a disillusioned war veteran who sets out to live as a mountain man in the untamed wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. His quest for isolation and a simplistic life is thwarted by the brutal realities of nature and the complexities of interactions with both friendly and hostile Native American tribes, leading him on a path of self-discovery and transformation into a seasoned and respected outdoorsman.

There is a significant kinship between Jeremiah Johnson and The Revenant in their thematic explorations of solitude, survival, and revenge amidst the expansive and ruthless American frontier. Both films feature protagonists who become deeply entwined in the fabric of the natural world and its native cultures as they embark on a grueling journey of survival. They confront not only external adversities, such as harsh climates and territorial conflicts but also their demons and the costs of their relentless quests for retribution and peace.

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Alpha

Alpha presents an epic survival tale set in the last Ice Age, chronicling the journey of a young hunter named Keda who becomes separated from his tribe during a bison hunt. Stranded and alone, he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh prehistoric wilderness. A fateful encounter leads to an unlikely alliance with a wolf, forging a bond that defies the law of nature and marks the nascent bond between humankind and canines.

Although Alpha unfolds in a time long before the events of The Revenant , both films share a visceral portrayal of man's primal instinct for survival against the backdrop of a relentless and indifferent environment. Like Hugh Glass, Keda faces overwhelming odds and the constant threat of death, with his journey also serving as a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Both films showcase the transformative power of the bond between humans and animals, recognizing the companionship and mutual reliance that can emerge in the face of adversity.

Arctic

Arctic , starring Mads Mikkelsen as Overgård, a man stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash, is a masterclass in minimalistic storytelling. It eschews dialogue in favor of visceral performances and stark visuals to portray humanity's struggle against cruel elements. Overgård’s quest for survival is marked by his ingenuity and determination - themes which resonate universally across all cultures. Despite its harsh setting, Arctic manages to evoke pathos while contributing significantly towards redefining modern survival dramas.

Arctic and The Revenant share a minimalist storytelling approach as both films emphasize the human struggle against brutal elements with visceral performances and stark visuals.

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Pathfinder

Pathfinder presents an intriguing twist on traditional survival narratives by blending historical drama with fantasy elements. Set before Columbus' arrival in America, it follows Ghost (Karl Urban), abandoned as a child by Vikings but adopted by Native Americans who must confront his past when new invaders threaten his adoptive tribe. This tale of identity and survival against the odds leverages intricate plot lines and nuanced performances to create a compelling narrative, contributing a unique perspective to the Survival Drama genre.

Its vast landscape and Native American themes mirror those of The Revenant.

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The 13th Warrior

The 13th Warrior

The 13th Warrior is a cinematic adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel Eaters of the Dead . It features Antonio Banderas as Ahmad ibn Fadlan, an exiled Arab who joins a band of Vikings to tackle an unseen monstrous force decimating their lands. This film blends elements of historical fiction with survival drama, creating an engaging narrative that explores cultural clashes and unlikely alliances in the face of shared adversity. Its innovative blend of genres has made it a memorable addition to the pantheon of epic dramas.

The 13th Warrior blends historical fiction with survival drama, much like The Revenant.

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Valhalla Rising

Valhalla Rising

Valhalla Rising plunges audiences into the grim and brutal world of a Norse warrior's survival struggle during the Crusades. Directed by visionary filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, it features Mads Mikkelsen in an intense performance as One-Eye, a mute warrior with supernatural strength. The film explores themes of religious fanaticism and man's primal instinct for survival, all wrapped in breathtakingly grim cinematography that leaves a lasting impression.

One-Eye's resilience mirrors that of the protagonist of The Revenant as both characters stop at nothing to reach their goals.

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Beowulf

Beowulf , on the other hand, is an epic adventure drama based on the classic Old English poem. This cinematic adaptation directed by Robert Zemeckis combines live-action performances with computer animation to bring to life the legendary hero Beowulf (Ray Winstone) and his fight for survival against monstrous foes like Grendel and his mother. Its innovative visual style has left an indelible mark on pop culture, influencing numerous subsequent fantasy films.

Beowulf and The Revenant both explore themes of heroism, survival, and cultural conflicts against fantastical backdrops, influencing subsequent fantasy films.

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The Northman

The Northman

The Northman , directed by Robert Eggers, is another atmospheric tale of Norse survival set in 10th-century Iceland. It showcases Alexander Skarsgård as Amleth, a prince seeking revenge for his father’s murder. With its stark depiction of ancient Viking culture and visceral scenes of violence and endurance, it weaves a chilling narrative that reflects on themes such as familial bonds, vengeance and personal destiny.

The Northman the survival, revenge, and endurance themes of The Revenant.

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King Arthur

King Arthur

King Arthur , directed by Antoine Fuqua, is a majestic reimagining of the legendary British leader's tale. The film, starring Clive Owen as Arthur and Keira Knightley as Guinevere, explores themes of loyalty, honor, and destiny. It delves into Arthur's struggle to unite a fractured kingdom against invading Saxons while battling internal conflicts within his knightly order. The movie’s depiction of Arthur as a Roman officer rather than a medieval king has influenced many subsequent interpretations of the classic myth.

King Arthur and The Revenant draw parallels between their struggles against external and internal conflicts.

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The Norseman

The Norseman

The Norseman , not to be confused with The Northman , is a gripping saga about Vikings living in America long before Columbus' arrival. Starring Lee Majors as Thorvald, this 1978 movie navigates through unknown territories filled with hostile natives and harsh environments which test their resolve to survive. The film offers thought-provoking insight into the clash of cultures while presenting an alternative perspective on early American history.

The Norseman provides an alternative perspective on survival similar to The Revenant . Both films navigate unknown territories, testing characters' resolve against hostile environments.

Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch is a supernatural historical drama that takes viewers on an epic journey during the time of the Black Plague. The film centers around two knights, played by Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman, who are tasked with transporting an accused witch to a monastery where her powers can be nullified. The film explores themes of faith, friendship and fear within a backdrop of medieval superstition and horror. 

It's notable for its exploration of these darker aspects of human nature through its thrilling narrative making it a must-see for fans of The Revenant.

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Robin Hood

Robin Hood , a classic tale reimagined in this 2010 version, offers viewers an intense look into the life of one of folklore's most famous heroes. Russell Crowe embodies the title role with Cate Blanchett as his Marion. This epic drama delves deep into political corruption, social inequality, and revenge while maintaining its roots in adventure and romance. Its influence on pop culture is undeniable, continuing to inspire countless adaptations across various media.

Robin Hood offers an intense exploration of a legendary hero's life, akin to the epic drama of The Revenant. Both films delve into themes of political corruption, social inequality, and revenge against historical backdrops, leaving lasting impacts on their respective genres.

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Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven transports audiences to the tumultuous time of the Crusades with Orlando Bloom leading as Balian de Ibelin. This dramatic epic delves deep into religious conflict, redemption, and chivalry against the backdrop of Jerusalem in conflict between Christians and Muslims. Notable performances by Liam Neeson as Godfrey de Ibelin and Eva Green as Queen Sibylla add depth to this complex historical drama. Its layered portrayal of religious warfare has sparked numerous discussions about historical accuracy and representation.

Kingdom of Heaven mirrors thematic depth with The Revenant as both films delve into complex historical periods and explore the intricacies of human nature amid intense conflicts. 

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Pathfinder

Venturing into the uncharted territories of northern Scandinavia, the 1987 epic drama Pathfinder is a captivating journey through time and culture. Directed by Nils Gaup, it tells the tale of a young Sami boy who becomes an unlikely hero when he finds himself caught in a conflict between his people and invading Tchudes from the East. The film's protagonist, Aigin (played by Mikkel Gaup), must traverse treacherous landscapes and endure grueling tests of courage to warn his people of impending danger. A unique blend of survival narrative and cultural exploration, Pathfinder wields powerful themes such as bravery, sacrifice, and resilience against adversity. The film’s authentic portrayal of Sami culture, combined with its thrilling plotline, has made it a standout piece in the genre. 

This film echoes thematic parallels with The Revenant as both films delve into the captivating interplay of survival, bravery, and resilience against adversities. Set against the backdrop of uncharted territories and cultural conflicts, both narratives navigate treacherous landscapes, providing unique perspectives on the human spirit's triumph over harsh environments.

Beowulf

Beowulf , directed by Graham Baker, is a captivating epic drama that brings to life the legendary Anglo-Saxon poem. The film is a thrilling blend of fantasy and action, anchored by an intense performance from Christopher Lambert as Beowulf. In this dark and mythical world, Beowulf battles the monstrous Grendel and his vengeful mother, embodying themes of heroism, mortality, and the struggle between good and evil. The movie’s unique spin on ancient lore has left an indelible mark on pop culture, inspiring numerous adaptations across various media forms.

Beowulf mirrors thematic elements found in The Revenant by offering a captivating blend of drama and action within an unforgiving world. Both films explore the struggles of their central characters, with Beowulf delving into themes of heroism, mortality, and the eternal conflict between good and evil, creating an immersive narrative that resonates with fans of survival dramas.

The Long Ships

The Long Ships

The Long Ships is an epic drama set in the world of Viking explorers. This 1964 saga features Richard Widmark as Rolfe - a daring Norseman who embarks on a perilous quest for a legendary golden bell. With its grand ship battles and complex characters tackling themes of greed, bravery, and adventure, The Long Ships has left an indelible mark on Viking-themed cinema. Its influence can be seen in later pop culture depictions of seafaring Vikings.

The Long Ships , set in the world of Viking explorers, shares thematic elements with The Revenant . Both films explore grand quests, complex characters, and themes of bravery, greed, and adventure against historical backdrops.

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The Last Duel

The Last Duel

The Last Duel is an epic drama set in 14th century France, focusing on the last legally sanctioned duel in the country's history. The film features Matt Damon and Adam Driver as Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris respectively, two knights whose friendship turns into bitter rivalry leading to the historic duel. Jodie Comer plays the pivotal role of Marguerite de Carrouges, whose allegation against Le Gris sets off the chain of events. The film has been lauded for its unique narrative structure, presenting three perspectives of the same event and thereby exploring themes of truth and perspective.

It shares thematic depth with The Revenant as it explores a historic duel. Both films delve into the complexities of human nature, justice, and honor against the backdrop of historical events, offering nuanced perspectives on their respective time periods.

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The Eagle

The Eagle , set in 140 AD Roman Britain, follows Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) on his quest to restore his family's honor by finding the lost golden emblem (The Eagle) that belonged to his father's legion. Accompanied by his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell), Marcus embarks on a journey beyond known territories encountering various tribes and natural perils along their path. Themes like loyalty, bravery and identity form the crux of this historic drama making it stand out for its depiction of a lesser-explored era.

Marcus Aquila's quest for honor mirrors the themes of identity and bravery found in The Revenant . Both films involve characters navigating unknown territories and perils, with loyalty forming a central theme in their historic dramas.

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Centurion

Centurion , directed by Neil Marshall, unfolds in the brutal landscapes of Roman-occupied Britain. Michael Fassbender stars as Quintus Dias - a Roman centurion who must lead his men through hostile territory after a devastating Pictish attack. The film is steeped in themes of survival, betrayal, and the futility of war. Its gritty realism combined with thrilling action sequences offers a fresh perspective on Roman-era dramas, influencing subsequent films set during Rome's invasion of Britain.

Centurion , unfolding in Roman-occupied Britain, offers a fresh perspective on survival, betrayal, and the futility of war, akin to themes in The Revenant.

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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc presents an intriguing blend of history and myth as it recounts the life story of Joan of Arc - from her humble beginnings to leading armies into battle against English forces during the Hundred Years' War. Milla Jovovich delivers a captivating performance as Joan, while John Malkovich shines as King Charles VII. This film delves into themes such as religious devotion, personal sacrifice and societal expectations placed upon women.

The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc intricately weaves history and myth, reminiscent of the nuanced storytelling found in The Revenant. Both films explore themes of sacrifice, societal expectations, and personal struggles against the backdrop of historical events, with captivating performances enhancing their narratives.

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Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce

Robert the Bruce , a gripping historical drama, retells the story of the legendary Scottish king who fought for Scotland's independence against England. Angus Macfadyen reprises his role from Braveheart as Robert, adding depth and gravitas to this iconic character. The film delves into themes of leadership, sacrifice, and resilience while remaining grounded in its commitment to historical accuracy.

Robert the Bruce parallels The Revenant in its intense portrayal of survival and resilience. Both films depict protagonists facing formidable challenges in harsh landscapes, exploring themes of determination and struggle for independence.

Mongol

Mongol, a sweeping epic drama, spins a tale around the life of Genghis Khan before he became one of history’s most feared conquerors. Tadanobu Asano's portrayal of Khan adds an intimate human dimension to this larger-than-life figure. The movie masterfully explores themes such as honor, loyalty, and ambition against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and brutal warfare.

Mongol aligns with The Revenant as both films delve into the challenges and adversities faced by their central characters, offering a vivid portrayal of survival and the forging of a legendary destiny.

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10 movies to watch like the book of eli.

Given the Book of Eli's premise of a loner surviving the post-apocalypse, there are plenty of quality films in the genre that are very similar to it.

  • The upcoming The Book of Eli prequel TV series starring John Boyega will be the closest thing to a sequel that audiences familiar with the 2010 movie will get, answering lingering questions from the movie and expanding on its interesting world.
  • Movies in the post-apocalypse genre like The Book of Eli need to craft an engaging story around the destruction of the universe and leave audiences with thought-provoking questions to consider and an optimistic tone.
  • Hollywood has produced many great movies in the post-apocalypse genre, such as The Book of Eli, which have become classics and continue to engage audiences with their compelling stories of survival and exploration of humanity.

Although 2010's post-apocalypse movie The Book of Eli flew under the radar for many people, its gritty cinematography and heavy themes of survival put it in league with plenty of other movies in the post-apocalypse genre . Starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, The Book of Eli 2 never happened despite the first being a moderate success both with critics and audiences. Nevertheless, the upcoming The Book of Eli prequel TV series starring John Boyega will be the closest thing to a sequel that audiences familiar with the 2010 movie will get.

Moreover, The Book of Eli prequel series can answer lingering questions from the movie, thus expanding on the interesting world established by the movie. This is important since the success of many movies in the post-apocalypse genre hinges on their ability to craft an engaging story around the destruction of the universe. Additionally, movies like The Book of Eli need to leave audiences with thought-provoking questions to consider and, ideally, with an ending that's optimistic in tone. Whether classics from years past or modern marvels, Hollywood has produced many great movies, like The Book of Eli .

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10 the rover (2014), the rover's themes of paranoia and trust are examined through its unlikely duo..

Directed by David Michôd, The Rover sees Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson as Eric and Rey respectively, as two men surviving in the Australian outback by any means necessary after a global economic collapse causes the destruction of society . While Eric is a mysterious, yet simple man, merely wanting to care for his car and survive his circumstances, Rey is a thief who winds up stealing Eric's car with his brothers, thus forming the genesis for an unlikely friendship after Eric spares Rey's life, and works with him to retrieve his stolen property.

Rife with the desolate landscapes and unscrupulous characters necessary for a post-apocalyptic story, The Rover 's greatest strength is its ability to tell a compelling story about survival through the lens of its unlikely duo, thus reinforcing the importance of a society maintaining its humanity irrespective of the challenges it faces. Additionally, the strong performances of Pearce, Pattinson, and Scoot MnCairy display the archetypal loner, thief, and ruthless warlord characters against a more modern backdrop, thus provoking its audience to consider the role they might play in the degradation of society.

9 Oblivion (2013)

Tom cruise's jack experiences plenty of character growth and rediscovers himself while on a perilous solo mission..

Oblivion sees Tom Cruise as Jack, a repair technician, sent on a solo mission to extract valuable resources on Earth in 2077 after nuclear warheads ravaged the planet to an uninhabitable state in 2017. Although Oblivion leans more into its science fiction strengths than other post-apocalypse movies, Oblivion 's use of character growth and development against the familiar desolate setting distinguishes it from many other movies in the genre. Whereas Jack starts the movie off as a staunchly loyal protagonist, he questions the ethics of what led to the destruction of the Earth and the role his superiors played in it.

Not only does Jack come to a shocking revelation that causes him to disobey orders, but its unique twist is meant to compel audiences to reconsider their own thoughts and feelings about the state of the world. Although Oblivion received mixed reviews, it has since been reexamined by critics as a brilliant cautionary tale regarding what can happen to the world if too many egos are left unchecked. Additionally, Cruise's proclivities for ensuring his projects are as authentic as possible, irrespective of their subjects, contribute greatly to Oblivion 's drama being more compelling than its action .

8 The Road (2009)

The road is an unrelenting drama that provides viewers with a bleak interpretation of the post-apocalypse..

Based on the 2006 Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, The Road sees Viggo Mortensen as an ailing father simply named Man, as he and his son, aptly named Boy, traverse through the post-apocalypse on a journey to reach the sea for safer passage. Although an adaptation of McCarthy's work, the film adaptation of The Road largely remains faithful to the source material by maintaining the unrelentingly bleak and brutal atmosphere of the novel. Combined with its minimalist approach to storytelling, The Road depicts a faithful adaptation of an unforgiving post-apocalypse .

Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of The Road is that it doesn't stray too far away from the vision of McCarthy. Whereas many other entries in the post-apocalypse genre sprinkle in moments of joy and happiness and even offer an optimistic ending for its audience, The Road is largely devoid of any moments of reprieve save for an occasional flashback. Brutal as it may be, The Road 's commitment to its premise is what not only sets it apart from its contemporaries and competitors, but it leaves a lasting impression on viewers by provoking viewers to reassess their feelings about society.

7 28 Days Later (2002)

Danny boyle's 28 days later examines themes of trust and survival in his early 2000s zombie movie classic..

Danny Boyle and Alex Garland's 28 Days Later centers around a man named Jim surviving the effects of a virus that has turned many of the citizens of London into zombie-like beings. Renowned for its brilliant interpretation of faster and more intelligent zombies along with its haunting score, 28 Days Later excels in highlighting themes of survival and trust in a movie that's filled with as much political subtext as it is violence and gore. With the upcoming 28 Years Later looking to continue the franchise , audiences will once again be thrust into a desolate world of violence and paranoia.

28 Days Later

6 i am legend (2007), will smith delivers a powerful performance in a movie rife with drama and themes of mental health..

Loosely based on the 1954 Richard Matheson novel of the same name, I Am Legend centers around Dr. Robert Neville and his valiant attempts to find a cure for a virus that has wiped out all of humanity. Rife with tension, I Am Legend is a superb thought experiment that highlights one's mental health in times of isolation. Despite its lackluster ending, the movie leaves audiences with hard-hitting concepts to consider that hold more weight in the early 2020s than its 2007 release. With I Am Legend 2 in development , I Am Legend 's themes can be explored even further.

I Am Legend

The book of eli ending & meaning explained, 5 snowpiercer (2013), bong joon-ho's snowpiercer examines the nature of society collapsing on itself because of greed..

Based on the 1982 French comic book, Le Transperceneige , Snowpiercer sees a group of people aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that includes survivors who survived a failed climate change experiment. Although filled with great acting and thrilling action, Snowpiercer 's greatest strength lies in its interesting premise that sees its characters undergoing immense character changes. While the characters ardently fight for their survival, they slowly lose sight of their humanity, thus establishing a new class system not too dissimilar from the one that put them in the very situation that they're in.

Furthermore, Snowpiercer 's themes of survival, greed, and selfishness are meant to provoke its viewers' thoughts, thus enhancing engagement with the material, and it accomplishes this with its largely morally gray characters. Rife with Bong Joon-ho's signature flare for minimalist storytelling, Snowpiercer is a unique examination of the human condition when thrust into a situation where people have very little control. While Tilda Swinton's Mason is one of her greatest villainous roles, Snowpiercer brilliantly demonstrates how easy it is for even its most valiant heroes to end up like her under considerable stress, thus highlighting the cyclical nature of evil.

4 The Revenant (2015)

The academy award-winner sees leonardo dicaprio surviving in the 19th-century wilderness..

The Revenant sees Leonardo DiCaprio as the frontiersman Hugh Glass on a fur trading expedition fighting for his survival in the wilderness after being mauled by a bear. Supported by excellent acting performances and lush cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant highlights the arduous nature of survival while also putting a spotlight on the evils of man when desperation settles in. Although The Revenant garnered a lot of critical acclaim for DiCaprio's performance, the film's underrated yet best qualities lie in its depiction of the perseverance of the human spirit through insurmountable odds.

The Revenant

3 the planet of the apes franchise, themes of humanity and survival are explored through various sequels and reboots..

Loosely based on the 1963 Pierre Boulle novel of the same name, Planet of the Apes sees a group of astronauts led by George Taylor crash-land on an alternate version of Earth where humans serve their primate leaders. Although Planet of the Apes is admired for its twist ending , the film's makeup and themes of society turning in on itself due to its inability to reach common ground through peaceful means solidifies it as a cinematic classic. With Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes on the way , the 1968 classic's legacy continues to provoke thoughts relating to society.

Planet of the Apes

2 terminator 2: judgment day (1991), the early 90s classic shows society collapsing on itself due to greed and unchecked advances in technology..

James Cameron's early 90s classic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day , continues Sarah and John Connor's fight for survival against the impending threat of the ruthless T-1000. Filled with some of cinema's most visually stunning effects and brilliant performances from all of its cast, Terminator 2: Judgment Day serves as not only a cautionary tale about the growing threats surrounding unchecked technological advancements in society, but also as a brilliant examination of the oppressive forces such as corrupt politicians and law enforcement that leads to the creation of such creations as the T-100 and T-1000.

Although The Terminator franchise has seen plenty of lackluster follow-ups to the excellent first two installments in the franchise, its continuing legacy speaks volumes to its legacy and impact not just on cinema, but on the world, as The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day are renowned for their contributions to advancing the scope of cinematic storytelling. With Terminator 2: Judgment Day 's emphasis on a mother's undying love for her son , and its iconic visual and special effects-driven flare, Terminator 2: Judgment Day is arguably the second most impactful post-apocalypse franchise.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1 the mad max franchise, george miller's mad max franchise shows the impact of the post-apocalypse across various decades..

George Miller's Mad Max franchise sees the titular Max surviving in the Australian outback after a post-apocalypse causes many of its survivors to develop warring factions in a never-ending war for survival. What makes Mad Max special is its commitment to its themes of preserving oneself despite the challenges one might face. As seen in 1979's Mad Max , Max was an honest police officer who went above and beyond to help others. Fast-forward to the post-apocalypse, and despite witnessing his family murdered in front of him, he still preserves his integrity and sense of duty to others.

As such, each subsequent sequel and even soft reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road , shows Max continuing to endure the rigors of the unrelenting post-apocalypse while going out of his way to help others in any way that he can. Arguably the quintessential post-apocalypse franchise , Mad Max works as a staunch reminder to its audience to never lose sight of their goals, despite how challenging life inevitably gets. Furthermore, it's barren setting and atmospherically bleak tone help reinforce the importance of its themes. With Furiosa on the way , audiences will see yet another movie similar to The Book of Eli .

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10 Best Movies Like Society Of The Snow

  • Society of the Snow is a survival drama film based on the 1972 Andes flight crash, similar to other acclaimed films inspired by real-life events.
  • The directors of Society of the Snow and Alive are praised for their focus on the humanity among the survivors, rather than sensationalizing the story.
  • The film utilized real-life survivors and first-hand details from a book by Pablo Vierci, providing an authentic portrayal of the 72-day survival in the Andes mountains.

Society of the Snow is the latest survival drama film that draws upon real-life events, similar to films like The Impossible and Apollo 13 . Society of the Snow , directed by J. A. Bayona, is about the 1972 Andes flight accident. The film's main source is a book of the same title by Pablo Vierci which provides first-hand details about the crash from its survivors.

The Old Christians Club rugby team members, and some of their family and friends, boarded the Uruguayan Air Force Flight, making their way to Chile for a match. The plane crashed into the Andes mountains and the rugby team and other passengers would have to survive for 72 days before being rescued . Society of the Snow has already received much acclaim. Many other acclaimed dramas have been inspired by real-life events, including another film based on the 1972 Andes crash, Alive .

Alive (1993)

An early account of the 1972 andes flight disaster.

Alive is the survival drama film directed by Frank Marshall that tells the story of the 1972 Andes flight crash, the same story depicted in Society of the Snow . Aside from the true story each film is based on, the directors are similarly praised for their handling of the story. Much like the compliments given to J. A. Bayona, critics praised Marshall for his ability to focus on the humanity among the survivors, rather than sensationalizing their story . Additionally, the survivors were asked to work on the films. Nando Parrado worked on Alive as a technical advisor and a few of the real-life survivors acted in Society of the Snow .

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Release Date 2015-12-25

Director Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu

Cast Will Poulter, Paul Anderson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson

The Revenant is loosely based on the novel of the same name by Michael Punke. The film follows the journey of a fur trapper and mountain man in the 1800s, Hugh Glass, after he is attacked by a bear, comes close to death, and seeks revenge for those who've left him behind. The film also introduces a familial aspect to Glass' character, providing more fuel to his need for revenge after his son is killed, though historically, no son has been recorded. Similar to the survivors in Society of the Snow , Glass makes his way through rigorous weather conditions, motivated by others to survive and keep going .

Cast Away (2000)

A film made with firsthand experience.

Release Date 2000-12-22

Director Robert Zemeckis

Cast Lari White, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth, Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy

Rating PG-13

Unlike other films mentioned, Cast Away , starring Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, is not based on one real-life event but is rather inspired by multiple sources. Chuck is a FedEx worker whose plane crashes as he's on his way to Malaysia for work. Hanks was inspired to make Cast Away after questioning what would happen if the real-life aircraft that flies FedEx packages over the Pacific Ocean were to crash. Cast Away and Society of the Snow are similar in the way preparation and research were done before the films were made .

Cast Away screenwriter William Broyles Jr. spoke to survival experts and even went as far as to strand himself on an isolated beach for a week. Society of the Snow director J. A. Bayona made sure to shoot on the location of the real-life plane crash as a way to understand the journey the survivors endured. This atmosphere was also created by the isolation of filming in Spain for six months and the weather conditions that came with filming on location.

127 Hours (2010)

A survivalist story with a gruesome way to recovery.

127 Hours is a film by Danny Boyle that details the story of Aron Ralston who gets his arm trapped under a boulder. Similar to Society of the Snow , 127 Hours focuses on love as a motivator for the survivalist. Another similarity comes from real-life instances in which Ralston resorts to cutting his right arm off and how the Andes survivors turn to cannibalism as a way to keep fed. The latter of the gruesome details isn't emphasized as much in the film as the director felt camaraderie was a more important detail to focus on. However, in 127 Hours , Ralston's amputation is shown in a graphic and detailed manner.

Everest (2015)

An expedition through a blizzard on mount everest.

Release Date 2015-09-18

Director Baltasar Kormakur

Cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Clarke

Everest is based on the true story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, mainly focusing on the expedition groups led by Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal). J ust like Society of the Snow , the climbers in Everest are met with brutal, cold weather conditions which would lead to eight of the climbers dying . Blizzards and hypothermia are the common causes of death among the Mount Everest climbers and the film, similarly to Society of the Snow , utilizes cinematography techniques to connect to audiences and make the expedition as realistic as possible. Although some critics and audiences are indifferent to some of Everest 's dizzying effects.

The Impossible (2012)

A fight for survival against nature.

The Impossible is a film by Society of the Snow director, J. A. Bayona. The film follows the story of the real-life Belón-Álvarez family and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Thailand. The Impossible and Society of the Snow are alike, not only in the characters' battle against nature but in the way Bayona went about telling these stories . Bayona is praised for his intention to be accurate in the storytelling, rather than amp up the drama or take considerable creative liberties. Similar to how Bayona called to film at the real-life location for Society of the Snow , The Impossible was filmed in Thailand.

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Apollo 13 (1995), a lunar mission that was quickly aborted.

Release Date 1995-06-30

Director Ron Howard

Cast Kathleen Quinlan, Gary Sinise, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon

Different from other movies listed, the story of Apollo 13 takes place in space. The film is based on the true story of the 1970 Apollo 13 lunar mission and the book written by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger about the mission. Where J. A. Bayona focused on accuracy in filming locations and the actors cast in Society of the Snow , Apollo 13 director, Ron Howard, made sure to be as technically accurate as possible . Both films also involve failing aircraft, with one cause being a navigation error and the other an electrical short.

Into The Wild (2007)

A solo journey in the alaskan wilderness.

Into the Wild follows the real-life story of Christopher McCandless who hiked through the Stampede Trail in Alaska and attempted to live in the wilderness. Similar in its biographical and survival storytelling elements, Into the Wild differs from Society of the Snow in a few ways. Into the Wild is a solo journey and not a group effort to make it back to civilization. McCandless also chose to venture into the wild, not knowing what his fate would be. While the survivors in each film differ, audiences might find similarities in their human nature .

The Perfect Storm (2000)

A fishing expedition cut short due to dangerous weather.

Critics, audiences, and the families of the fishermen have mixed feelings about the portrayal of the Andrea Gail fishing expedition in The Perfect Storm . Unlike Society of the Snow , this film dramatizes real-life events, and due to there being no survivors from the expedition, much of what follows after the last radio call are speculated details. However, Into the Storm , while exaggerated, shows the fishermen working to avoid the catastrophic weather conditions out on the sea . It's similar to the survivors' journey with avalanches and frigid weather in Society of the Snow .

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

A return home depicting australian history.

The Australian film, Rabbit-Proof Fence , is based on a book by Doris Pilkington Garimara. Garimara's mother, Molly, was one of three girls who escaped a settlement and made the journey back to their Aboriginal community at Jigalong. Similar to the theme of friendship among the survivors in Society of the Snow , the familial relationship of the three girls is what makes their story all the more emotional . Though the film is loosely based on Garimara's book and takes creative liberties to dramatize the story, its emotional essence and the history of Australia's child removal policy act as the foundation for the girls' return home.

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From Margot Robbie to Leonardo DiCaprio, these are biggest Oscar snubs of 2024

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For many in Hollywood, it’s the most delightful (or dreaded) day of the year.

Scores of A-listers have been stumping for their respective films and performances, in a breakneck awards season truncated by the nearly four-month Screen Actors Guild strike . On Tuesday, big names such as Willem Dafoe ("Poor Things") and Julianne Moore ("May December") awoke to the unhappy news that they were snubbed for Oscar nominations , while the team behind "Saltburn" kept their champagne corked after being blanked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Although there’s still much to celebrate , here are the most shocking omissions from the much-anticipated announcement:

Margot Robbie

No one campaigned harder than Robbie this awards season, attending every Q&A and roundtable imaginable to bang the drum for her billion-dollar blockbuster “Barbie.” Robbie gave the iconic doll a beating heart , beautifully conveying her journey from an unattainable ideal to a complex human woman. Her omission in best actress is even more appalling given that her co-stars Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera were each acknowledged in supporting categories.

Leonardo DiCaprio

“Killers of the Flower Moon” had a robust showing across the board, with 10 nods including best supporting actor (Robert De Niro) and best actress (Lily Gladstone, the first Native American nominated in the category ). But after glaring snubs from the Screen Actors Guild Awards and British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), DiCaprio was shunned in best actor for the Martin Scorsese epic. While many awards pundits have been predicting his snub for weeks, it’s still a mild surprise given DiCaprio’s Oscar pedigree (six acting nominations and one win for “The Revenant”).

Greta Gerwig

Apparently, creating a pop-culture juggernaut isn’t enough to land a slot in the mostly male directing field. (Although we're elated Justine Triet made the cut for "Anatomy of a Fall"!) With “Barbie,” Gerwig brought her unique sensibilities to a polarizing toy, making a film that was equal parts eye-popping and profoundly emotional. Sure, her clever script with Noah Baumbach was recognized in the best adapted screenplay. But her absence in best director is jarring, to say the least, and could swing the pendulum in favor of “Barbie” when it comes to best picture. (Remember Ben Affleck and “Argo?”) There was resounding online furor when Gerwig missed best director for “Little Women” in 2020, and the outcry will only be louder this year.

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Charles Melton

It was an awards season Cinderella story: a young actor plucked from a teen soap (CW’s “Riverdale”), winning rave reviews and major critics’ prizes for his first dramatic turn in “May December,” in which he holds his own against Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. But the tide began to shift against Melton in recent weeks, after missing out at SAG and BAFTA. We’d been holding onto the faint hope that Melton might sneak into best supporting actor, but sadly, the movie's dark humor and melodrama might've been alienating to Academy members. The film only managed one nomination for best original screenplay.

Bradley Cooper

Yes, we know Cooper got a best actor nod for “Maestro,” portraying a makeup-caked version of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. But the movie star-turned-filmmaker has been gunning hard for his first best director nomination, after being passed over in the category for 2018’s “A Star Is Born.” Cooper’s awards campaign has focused almost squarely on his work behind the camera, but it appears that the famously stuffy directors branch isn’t quite ready to welcome him into the club.

Dominic Sessa

If you’re fans of “The Holdovers” like us, then you know just what a fantastic discovery this first-time actor is. With co-star Da’Vine Joy Randolph leading the best supporting actress race , and Paul Giamatti picking up steam in best actor, we had hoped Sessa could ride their coattails to a well-deserved nod for best supporting actor. Although he didn’t cross the finish line this year, we have no doubt that 21-year-old Sessa will be back in the running very soon.

Team "Past Lives" has run a stellar campaign this awards season, keeping the gentle romantic drama top of voters’ minds a full year after its acclaimed Sundance Film Festival debut. Celine Song’s first feature managed nominations for best picture and best original screenplay, but its heart-wrenching performances − from the luminous Lee and tender John Magaro − were sadly overlooked.

Celebrities ranging from Ben Affleck to Angelina Jolie hit the pavement to support “Origin” in recent weeks, touting the stunning achievements of director Ava DuVernay and actress Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor as they tackled the far-reaching implications of the caste system. But unfortunately, the Hail Mary campaign wasn’t enough to push this challenging epic into the Oscar fold.

'The Color Purple'

It’ll be fascinating to look back and analyze what exactly went wrong with this star-studded movie musical, which garnered glowing reviews but quickly petered out at the box office. The film’s awards haul was a mixed bag throughout the season, and its excellent performances were often overshadowed by a headline-making promotional tour . While Steven Spielberg’s 1985 original picked up 11 Oscar nods, this new “Color Purple” walked away with just one for best supporting actress ( Danielle Brooks ).

'All of Us Strangers'

Like “Color Purple,” this is another case of “what exactly went wrong?” Andrew Haigh’s gorgeous tearjerker should’ve been a shoo-in for multiple nominations , including best adapted screenplay and best actor ( Andrew Scott ), as well as nods for its phenomenal supporting cast of Paul Mescal, Claire Foy and Jamie Bell. Although the film has been on the festival circuit for months, its drawn-out theatrical release hasn’t helped in generating word of mouth. The marketing also pushed a steamy romance over the delicate family drama it really is, which may have confused viewers going in.

Penélope Cruz

Cruz will always elevate whatever film she’s in, no matter how lousy (“Nine”) or overwrought (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”). The same goes for Michael Mann’s “Ferrari,” which only finds a pulse whenever the volcanic A-lister is on screen. After scooping up a surprise SAG nomination for best supporting actress, we had hoped Cruz would earn her fifth Oscar nod. But her shattering work was ultimately ignored.

Dracula Movie 'The Last Voyage of the Demeter' Finally Gets Streaming Release Date

The creature feature is heading to Paramount+ next month.

The Big Picture

  • The Last Voyage of the Demeter is set to hit Paramount+ with SHOWTIME on February 11.
  • The film is based on a chapter from Bram Stoker's Dracula and offers a new take on the vampire genre.
  • More vampire films are expected to be released later this year, including Abigail and a remake of Nosferatu .

One of last year’s more overlooked horror films has finally set sail for streaming as The Last Voyage of the Demeter is heading to Paramount+ with SHOWTIME. The film will arrive at the streaming site on February 11, according to a recent report from Bloody Disgusting .

While most horror films tend to make their streaming debut shortly after their theatrical window has expired, The Last Voyage of the Demeter is a notable exception with the movie finally being available for fans to stream six months after its theatrical debut last August. While the horror flick may have opened to mixed reviews and a poor box office performance , the film finally being available to watch on Paramount+ could help it find a new audience that may have missed out during its initial theatrical release.

Directed by André Øvredal ( Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark ) and based on the “Captain’s Log" chapter from Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel Dracula , The Last Voyage of the Demeter centers on the titular ship and its crew as it must set sail toward its destination. Meanwhile, the dark and sinister vampire lurks in the shadows awaiting the ill-fated crew. Dracula may be no stranger to cinema, with the novel itself receiving a plethora of other adaptations . However, focusing on a single chapter from the novel does offer the opportunity to expand on the world established in the book. And with a more monstrous appearance from Dracula this time around, fans of the genre won’t want to miss out on the film.

Plenty of Vampire Stories Are Still in Store Later This Year

If the release of Renfield and The Last Voyage of the Demeter last year has proven anything, it’s that there is no shortage of vampire films. And it looks like fans of the genre have even more exciting projects to sink their teeth into later this year, starting with the release of Abigail from Radio Silence . Loosely inspired by Dracula’s Daughter, the film will be an updated re-imagining of the classic Universal Monster. Additionally, fans can keep an eye out for an exciting treat this holiday season as director Robert Eggers is finally bringing his long-awaited Nosferatu remake to the big screen on December 25. Until then, fans can get some additional gory vampire action when The Last Voyage of the Demeter sets sail on Paramount+ next month.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter starts streaming on Paramount+ with SHOWTIME on February 11. Check out the official trailer for the film above.

Last Voyage of the Demeter

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Three ‘Masterpiece’ premieres in the offing

Helena Bonham Carter (pictured in 2021) will star in "Nolly," a three-parter from Russell T Davies, creator of “A Very English Scandal” and “Years and Years.”

In March and April, after the new seasons of “All Creatures Great and Small” and “Miss Scarlet and the Duke” are finished, PBS’s “Masterpiece” will be premiering three new titles. Here’s what you need to know about these miniseries, which will air locally on GBH 2.

1.  “Nolly”  premieres on March 17. It’s based on the true story of Noele “Nolly” Gordon, a popular British TV star in the 1960s and ‘70s whose abrupt firing from the soap “Crossroads” in 1981 made headlines. A three-parter, it’s from Russell T Davies, creator of “A Very English Scandal” and “Years and Years,” and — here’s the irresistible part — Helena Bonham Carter stars.

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2.  “Alice & Jack”  premieres on March 17. It a romantic drama about the 15-year relationship between star-crossed lovers. The six-parter is from Victor Levin of “Survivor’s Remorse” and “Mad About You,” and the leads are Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie,” “Birdman”) and Domhnall Gleeson (“The Patient,” “The Revenant”). Also in the cast: Aisling Bea and Aimee Lou Wood.

3.  “MaryLand”  premieres on April 7. It’s about estranged sisters who reunite to find out the truth about their mother’s death on the Isle of Man. The three-parter was created by Anne-Marie O’Connor and Suranne Jones, the actress from “Gentleman Jack” and “Scott & Bailey.” Jones and Eve Best (“House of the Dragon,” “Nurse Jackie”) play the sisters, and Stockard Channing plays their mother’s best friend.

Andrea Riseborough (pictured earlier this month at the BAFTA Tea Party in Beverly Hills) will star (with Domhnall Gleeson) in "Alice & Jack," a six-parter from Victor Levin of “Survivor’s Remorse” and “Mad About You.”

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at [email protected] . Follow him @MatthewGilbert .

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