If Alejandro G. Iñárritu was lauded with praise and critical acclaim – and rightfully so – for his use of camerawork throughout last year’s Birdman, then the director will surely receive a similar treatment when The Revenant roars onto screens later this year. Every snippet released to date has showcased an intense survival tale set against the American wilderness, and what is perhaps more impressive is the ways in which Iñárritu captured the outback in all of its raw glory.
Shunning the use of studio lighting or interior sets, the Oscar-winning filmmaker adhered just about as close to realism as humanly possible when dealing with a sub-zero climate and temperamental weather conditions. And it’s a method of approach that has resulted in some breath-taking imagery, and that can be attributed to the astute eye of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki – re-teaming with Iñárritu after Birdman.
All across the DP’s Instagram account, you’ll find various shots of actors from The Revenant and pictures of the environment. They’re stark, pure and really rather beautiful, and wouldn’t look out of place adorning the front cover of National Geographic.
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The Revenant will open for a limited release on Christmas Day before expanding nationwide at the beginning of January.
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).