The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio, Alejandro G. Iñárritu talk survivalist themes in featurette | EW.com

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The Revenant cast and crew talk 'the struggle for survival' in new featurette

(Kimberley French )

In The Revenant, the struggle has never been more real. 

“The movie is an affirmation of life,” Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki says of the film in a new featurette. “You can see the struggle for survival in every shot.”  

From Birdman director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a folklore legend of a frontiersman who’s left for dead in the wilderness with only his haunting memories and thirst for vengeance as company. Fox’s latest sneak peek at this Oscar hopeful drives home its survivalist themes, complemented by stunning yet treacherous natural vistas.

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“It’s one man’s journey, but at the same time he goes through an entire lifetime of emotions,” DiCaprio explains. “These shots are about creating an intimacy with the actors within an epic landscape.” The setting, then, becomes extremely important as Lubezki remarks how it reflects the external and internal struggles of Glass. 

“This film, it has all the elements in the tradition of Jack London,” Iñárritu says. “It’s beautifully savagae, horrendous poetic, and epic.”

The Revenant will debut with a limited release on Christmas Day before expanding on Jan. 8.