What is a Revenant? There are Revenants in Doom too, though I always thought it was spelled Renevant. And I always thought it was a made-up name. I recently learned about the biblical city of Dis (a level in Doom), and now this. It seems there's plenty of inspiration from the real world within that game. So, revenant: "a person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead".
And that's exactly what this movie is about. A fur trader (Leonardo DiCaprio) is left for dead after a bear almost shreds him to pieces. His son, and two others stay to tend to him while the rest of the group make their way back to the fort, but one of them (Tom Hardy) kills his son, and convinces the other to leave him where he is. He's in shit shape, but as he crawls out of the half-dug grave they left him in, inch by inch, you can see he's not ready to die just yet.
It's a journey through a savage wilderness, as much as it is a tale of savage people. Not the Rickshaw Indians that attack them at the beginning, no: it's their land. The savages are the civilized people, and it's a savage journey this one fur trader makes to finally get back his camp, and exact vengeance on the one who killed his son. Left him for dead? OK. Killed his son? No mercy.
The movie reminds me a bit of Ravenous (1999). It was brutal, authentic, down-to-Earth, and long. A horrible, cold and barbarian adventure of Indians and Americans.
And a good movie. You know it will be as soon as you step into the mountain stream flooding the young forest as the movie begins. There's more wilderness in this one movie than all of the big blockbusters from this past year too, beautiful sceneries; nature so untouched it could very well have been from another time. The old and savage era, when the West first claimed it's place of war and violence. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle