MOVIE REVIEW

The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is visually stunning but simplistic

Though visually stunning, The Revenant is simplistic. Though the filmmakers and star Leonardo DiCaprio lived through punishing challenges to bring this tale to the screen, all that agony makes it something to endure rather than inspire, says Eli Glasner.

Partially shot in B.C. and Alberta, The Revenant includes Canadians in its cast

The Revenant is visually stunning but simplistic, says CBC's Eli Glasner 2:41

Leonardo DiCaprio battles the elements in the frontier adventure The Revenant, director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's epic, extreme tale of endurance and survival based on a true story. 

DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, an early 19th-century explorer and fur trapper leading a band of colleagues back to base while crossing through a brutal, unforgiving land. 

Considered a front-runner for the upcoming Oscars, the film was partially shot in Canada and features Canadians in its cast. 

The Revenant is visually stunning, but the story is simplistic. Though Oscar-winner Inarritu and DiCaprio have recounted (on multiple occasions) the punishing challenges of bringing this tale to the screen, all that agony makes the movie something to endure rather than inspire, says CBC film reviewer Eli Glasner.

Watch Glasner's full review of The Revenant in the video above.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's survival drama The Revenant. (Twentieth Century Fox/Associated Press)

About the Author

Eli Glasner

Arts reporter and film critic

Eli Glasner is a national arts reporter and film critic for CBC News. Each Friday he reviews films on CBC News Network as well as appearing on CBC radio programs coast to coast. Covering culture has taken him from the northern tip of Moosonee, Ont. to the Oscars red carpet.

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