The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu based off the book of same name written by Michael Punke, is at it’s core, a tale of revenge, so much so that has been one of the books ‘taglines’ for years. The story follows Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio, a member of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company, who is wounded by a bear on an expedition. His wounds being sever, and having a schedule to keep, he is left behind with two attendants, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) and Jim Bridger (Will Poulter), to watch over him until he passes. Not intent to wait, Fitzgerald convinces Bridger to abandon Glass, after they take Glass’ provisions, including his precious rifle, the Anstadt. Glass survives, and fueled with revenge, crawls his way first to medical attention, and then on a path to settle up with Fitzgerald.
This trailer succeeds in conveying the insanity of many of the situations Glass finds himself in throughout the story. The only clear dialogue is at the very start with Glass stating, “I aint afraid of die anymore. I’d done it already.” All other sound is either muted chaos, the desperate score, or the sound of Glass breathing, which is fitting because a good portion of his journey is him alone, starving, freezing, crawling to civilization, which you briefly see in the trailer. You also get a few shots of the Anstadt rifle that Glass treasures dearly, and you see he is protective of it. Glass is constantly in motion, because not moving, will sign his death sentence in this terrain, and so the trailer reflects that, going from one escape to another, illustrating how hostile not only the environment is, but it’s inhabitants, animal, and man. It makes me curious to see what artistic liberties Alejandro will take with the story, and how he deals with the inherent silence of this kind of film. The trailer doesn’t give much away, and leaves almost all of the story to your imagination at this point if you didn’t already know the source material. It is straight, and to the point, showing you the kind of tone, and atmosphere you have to look forward to. All in all, it’s one of the best trailers of the year, hands down, and succeeds in making the wait for the actual film all the more painful.