45 Minute Documentary on ‘The Revenant’ Highlights Grueling Making of Process

By January 26, 2016

20th Century Fox has today released a 45 minute documentary of the making of the Best Picture, Best Actor and Supporting Actor nominated The Revenant and, feelings for the film aside, offers one of the most thorough glimpses of filmmaking – and grueling processes – I’ve seen in a long time. It is an epic look at the movie, and a fascinating master class in film production.  Check it out below.

Here is the official description accompanied with the video:

Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. THE REVENANT is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award® winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).

Having heard mixed things about the movie, I have seen two sides to the reaction to this movie – one side, people were bored. That’s as plain a description I can give. Second side, people were enthralled by its brutality and dangerous wonder found in the filming. And in most cases, enraptured by Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of legendary explorer Hugh Glass. I fall on the latter side of thinking – The Revenant is an amazing movie – pure and simple. Not only is DiCaprio at the height of his game, so is Tom Hardy. As is director Alejandro G. Iñárritu. This movie delivered for me in a big way and, for that matter, so did this behind the scenes look at the film. Of course, I am a sucker for this type of behind the scenes; I am a film lover and a student of its mechanics – especially when you are dealing with a movie that seems to show an example of the struggle one undertakes in shooting a film of this kind – it’s Nature vs the Filmmakers and, from all the stories I’ve heard – Nature pretty much landed a number of punches.

But everyone came through, the actors, the team behind the camera and, from my vantage, Iñárritu. I do expect this to be an Academy favorite but, then again, with the PGA awarding The Big Short best picture, that seems to have leveled the field. Come February 28th, I imagine we’ll see some sort of major upset in either one or multiple categories. But my pick is here with The Revenant. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

For everyone out there in GeekNation – what are your thoughts on the movie? Did it land for you? Do you think it has a shot for best picture? Would love to hear thoughts, not only on this beautiful documentary, but on the movie itself.

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Mark Reilly
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