The Revenant

By David Michael Newstead.

Right from the start, The Revenant blisters with life and death intensity. Throughout the film, survival and revenge fuel a trek across the hostile wilderness of the early 1800s. It’s an American West populated by unscrupulous settlers, roaming bands of Native Americans, and the unforgiving forces of nature. Eerily, the film has minimal music. Instead, there are long moments of desolate silence only interrupted by the carnage of history.