The Revenant: What To Expect Based On The Epic Trailer

DiCaprio + Hardy + Inarritu = the most promising film of the year.

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A long time in the making, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's follow-up to his Best Picture winner Birdman - The Revenant - finally has a teaser trailer. And you can bet it was worth the wait.

Shot using only natural light over the course of nine months, The Revenant is a revenge western based on the true story of Hugh Glass, a fur trapper mauled by a bear and left for dead by his colleagues in 19th-century South Dakota, who dragged himself across America to dish out retribution to those who abandoned him.

It's a hell of a story, and there's a hell of a team behind the making of it: Leonardo DiCaprio, playing Glass, at the peak of his powers; Inarritu, fresh off winning Best Director and Picture for Birdman; Emmanuel Lubezki, the recently double Oscar-winning cinematographer; and a supporting cast that includes Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. Now the trailer's here, and the sheer talent behind and in front of the camera is there for all to see.

It's easily one of the most impressive teasers of the year, promising a unique take on the American west that strikes a balance between grungy realism and poetic stylisation. Here are some things you can expect to find in the film based on the trailer.


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