Leonardo DiCaprio is back with yet another tour-de-force in The Revenant: a cold, grotesque thriller that will make you want to just stay indoors for awhile. Helmed by Mexican director Alejandro Innaritu (Birdman), The Revenant also stars Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises). With The Revenant, we see Leonardo DiCaprio being pushed to his limits by Mother Nature through a series of unfortunate events – be it wild animals, bad weather, or just sheer bad luck.

And all that was during the filming of the challenging movie.

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Based on a true story, The Revenant focuses on how Hugh Glass, a fur trapping frontiersman in the 19th century, experienced a winter in hell. Glass, who leads a group of Americans trying to escape the wilderness, encounters an array of hardships that manifest in excruciating forms, with death by exposure being only the least of them.

Most of the cast and the production team claim that the filming process was torturous, and a viewing of the film makes it clear that those claims are true. However, the result is majestic, gorgeous, and in a class of its own – above its Oscar-nominated rivals.

The way in which Innaritu brings his audience into the film is haunting. The camera work makes the experience absolutely gut-wrenching at times, unsettling viewers, while exploring mortality in ways that many refuse to acknowledge. There is a level of intensity to it, in that the audience can feel the cast shiver from exhaustion and anxiety due to the violent nature of the winter. The Revenant is arguably the rightful winner of the Best Picture award, and some of the footage could have easily come from a National Geographic documentary.

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DiCaprio pulled no punches in the movie, delivering a stunning performance in what is arguably his best shot at Oscar glory to date. The highlight of his performance is undeniably the highly-discussed ‘bear scene’, where his fear, suffering and desperation throughout the ordeal is portrayed through his eyes.

Tom Hardy’s portrayal of the foul-mouthed John Fitzgerald was riveting in a furtive, cruel way; and there is something special about Will Poulter’s appearance as a young Jim Bridger, which introduces a tinge of innocence into a cutthroat, no-holds-barred, survival-of-the-fittest struggle.

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There is no excuse to skip this film, especially for fans of DiCaprio. This is by far his most challenging role yet, and unsurprisingly, will justify your decision to spend a long night (156 minutes to be exact) watching this motion picture.

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