20th Century Fox has released the second trailer for Alejandro G Inarritu’s western drama The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
While the first trailer, stunning as it was, focused mostly on setting the tone and playing up the gorgeous visuals, this time around, they’ve emphasised on the true story that ‘inspired’ the film.
Watch the trailer here
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a fur trapper in the early 19th century who is left for dead by his companions after getting mauled by a bear. He survives and begins an epic quest for vengeance across the harsh Dakota Territory landscape.
Once again we are treated to simply breathtaking scenery courtesy ace DP Emmanuel ‘Chivo’ Lubezki. Don’t be surprised if he makes it a hat-trick of Oscars after his back-to-back wins for Gravity and Birdman.
The centerpiece of the trailer has to be the bear attack. Remember that amazing single-take sequence at the end of the first trailer with DiCaprio getting chased on horseback? Well, this trumps it.
Watching these glimpses of action is enough to convince us that Inarritu has once again done something special. It appears that he has shot them all in one take. Combine that with shooting in real locations, (often miles and miles away from nearest civilization), utilizing only natural light, and most amazingly: Completing production only a couple of months ago, and you have yourself a sure-shot Oscar contender. Films of this scale would usually finish production well in advance of the daunting post-production schedule. But Inarritu and his team headed back into the wilderness to finish the turbulent shoot.
The Revenant also stars Will Poulter, Domnhall Gleeson and Lukas Haas. The score will be composed by Japanese legend Ryuichi Sakamoto and the film is expected in theatres on Christmas Day in the US.