The Revenant changed the survival film genre. A two-hundred-year-old true story which was carved on film by Alejandro González Iñárritu in such a scenic and realistic way that we couldn’t feel apart from the movie. Man’s relationship with nature is of a formidable mother and child. We are dependant on her for survival. Beyond our comfort zones of city life, lies a raw life, where consciousness is nothing but a survival tool. Eat or get eaten is the simple law of nature.
Leonardo DiCaprio chose The Revenant for a reason, he wanted to push himself to be one with nature. He never gives a bad performance but for The Revenant, he had to sacrifice his very core of being. Leo is a vegan and he ate raw Bison liver in a scene to survive. He also slept inside the carcass of a horse, both the scenes were not CGI. Nature is cruel because we seek comfort. If we become resourceful enough, even the worst of our wounds will be healed. This is what happened in the movie
The shocking bear fight at the beginning of the movie was one of the most brutal scenes ever, but it was also a great example of man’s resilience. The character of Leo, Hugh Glass does everything in his power to avenge his son’s death. It was only possible because he became one with nature. Water, Earth, Air, and Fire were the source of his rise from the grave.
How beautiful every shot of the movie was. You cannot paint a better picture than nature, all you can do is understand its creation and play your part, that’s what The Revenant is subtly all about, our true relationship with mother nature.