ByCollins Vincent, writer at
A cynic who's eaten one too many Redvines
Collins Vincent

Leonardo Dicaprio is saddling up for his upcoming western thriller "The Revenant". Dicaprio was recently seen in the black comedy "The Wolf of Wall Street" which cleaned up nicely at the box-office. This film looks to be a backdrop for Dicaprio to deliver another ground-breaking performance. Dicaprio is also accompanied by an ensemble cast which boasts a number of fan-favorite actors. The film is being directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu who is known for films such as "Babel" and the 2014 breakout hit "Birdman" which served as a much needed comeback for Micheal Keaton.

Here's the plot synopsis:

The Revenant takes place in the 19th century and follows Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a fur trapper who is mauled by a bear while hunting. His companions (Hardy, Poulter, and Gleeson) rob him and leave him to die, but he survives and sets out to get revenge on the men who betrayed him.

The plot already establishes that this film will be a Revenge thriller but the trailer makes it seem like the movie will be a gritty western odyssey where the title character will have some kind of personal battle or inner demons while traversing an unforgiving landscape. There will most likely be a slow-burn approach to the subject matter with the occasional brutal action sequence like the one shown in the trailer. Western films have become something along the lines of a starving genre that is in desperate need of new substance. The Revenant could be the cure to nurse this genre back to health along with other soon to be seen western flicks.

Tom Hardy is also in the film and is still making waves at the box-office, It will be interesting to see the extent of his role in this movie as well as how he plans to make his character memorable. The title actor and director are enough to draw audiences to this film and could prove positive for this films box-office numbers and could cement it as one of the most talked about films of 2015, it's not clear if it could be one of the highest grossing films of the year but we'll see. Luckily for you the fun doesn't end with this movie since you still have "Jane got a gun", "Magnificent seven reboot", and "The Hateful Eight" to look forward to.


"The Revenant" rides into theaters on Christmas day


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