(2015) (Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: An early 19th century frontiersman must overcome a horrific bear attack and other tremendous obstacles as he sets out to get revenge on those who wronged him.
- It's the early 1820s and Hugh Glass (LEONARDO DiCAPRIO) is a white man who's lived with the Pawnee Indian tribe in the American west and now works as a scout for fur trappers plying their trade. His latest outing has him and his teenage, half-white, half-Indian son, Hawk (FORREST GOODLUCK), leading Andrew Henry (DOMHNALL GLEESON) and his team of trappers, including the likes of John Fitzgerald (TOM HARDY) and Jim Bridger (WILL POULTER), among others.
Unfortunately for them, an attack led by Elk Dog (DUANE HOWARD) -- an Arikara warrior trying to track down his daughter, Powaqa (MELAW NAKEHK'O) who's been abducted by French soldiers -- leaves many dead. After they lose their last boat, but manage to get away, the survivors set off on foot. It's then when Hugh, off scouting ahead, comes across a mother grizzly bear that attacks and severely wounds him.
When the others find him, things look bad, not only from the injuries, but also the fact that they can't transport him via stretcher through the snowy and rocky terrain. Andrew contemplates shooting Hugh to put him out of his misery, but can't do the deed. Instead, he asks for volunteers to stay with Hugh until he dies, and then bury him and set out to rejoin the group. John and Jim agree, but when the latter is away, John kills Hawk and then buries Hugh, dying but still alive. After informing Jim that Hugh has died, they set off, unaware that Hugh has unearthed himself.
Suffering from those horrible injuries, Hugh nurses himself back to health enough so that he can start tracking down those who wronged him. As he does, he gets aid from Hikuc (ARTHUR REDCLOUD), an Indian traveling alone, all while having to avoid the French soldiers and other perils along the way.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Younger kids won't, but older teens could be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.
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