Movie Review: THE REVENANT (2015)

Deadlines to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

the_revenant_posterTHE REVENANT (USA 2015) ****Top10
Directed by Alejando G. Iñárritu

Review by Gilbert Seah

Mexican director Alejandro Iñárritu’s (AMORES PERROS, 21 GRAMS, BABEL and last year’s BIRDMAN) THE REVENANT is a no-holds barred almost 3-hour wilderness adventure complete with all the violence of the wild west frontier set in the 1820’s. If one does not have the stomach for the grisly, avoid at all costs.

The film is based on the life of frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) based on a 2002 novel of the same name by Michael Punke. The plot of the film can be summarized in one line, remarkable considering the length of the film. Hugh Glass is left for dead by his fellow travellers after a vicious bear attack and subsequently seeks revenge on them for abandoning him.

The story contains a few subplots, like the one involving his quest for revenge. One of his fellow travellers is John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), a vicious, hardened criminal who ends up killing Glass’s son. Another youth, Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) is a good hearted drawn into the drama.

The film begins with a 15-minutes attack of the Indians on the fur trappers. It is an extremely violent segment, inspired no doubt by the similar lengthy beginning segment of the D-Day landing in Steven Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Both sides suffer heavy casualties. Glass, Fitzgerald, his son and Andrew escape with a few others before the crucial bear attack.

The bear attack sequence is no less violent and occurs not once but twice in all its horror. Silly rumours by some press describe the scene as a bear rape but one thing for sure is that there is no love in this attack.

Despite the simple plot, there are a few details that occur so fast that they are difficult to follow. But these are not essential to appreciating Iñárritu’s film.

Director Iñárritu is a well respected artist who have proven himself apt at working with different genres including Hollywood drama as in last year’s acclaimed BIRDMAN. In THE REVENANT, he workers with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, together creating some of the most stunning images seen on screen this year. One has the men crossing the top of a water fall, another running across the shallow waters of tall trees and another at the film’s climax during a chase when an avalanche can be observed in the background. One can question the purpose of these, as the waterfall and avalanche have nothing to do with the story. But Iñárritu has earned his artistic licence to indulge in such excesses. But a few of his traits like the beginning chase camera shots used in AMORES PERROS are duplicated here in the chase scenes in THE REVENANT.

The performances of the entire cast is nothing short of superb. DiCaprio and Hardy excel, and credit should be given to these artists for working under the extreme conditions as shown on screen.

THE REVENANT succeeds admirable in being a stunning looking violet wilderness adventure. The film comes complete with a satisfactory ending, a fight between hero and villain with some spiritual highlights thrown in for good measure.

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Watch the September 2015 Feature Screenplay Winner. Submit your own script by Sept. 15th

DEADLINE September 15th: FEATURE Screenplay Festival – Get FULL FEEDBACK. Get script performed by professional actors
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FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
September 2015 Reading
Written by Marc W. Johnson

Interview with the writer:
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/31/feature-script-reading-legacy-by-marc-w-johnson/

SYNOPSIS:

After a werewolf slaughters the family of a pregnant newlywed and she loses her child, she becomes a cold-hearted hunter and uncovers it’s her best friend.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
ROSE – Erynn Brook
VIRGINIA – Pip Dwyer
GILES – Neil Kulin
BETH – Alissa DeGrazia
VINCE/MULDANO – Ryan Anning
TALBOT – Steve Rizzo

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Read the Twitter Short Story Winners for September 2015

FREE – TWITTER SHORT STORY FESTIVAL
Submit your 140 character story and have it performed by a professional actor
Deadline September 30th: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/140_characters.html

Read the 10 Twitter Short Story Winners. These winning stories will now be made into a YouTube Video:

Twitter Story, by Curtis Threadgold

Twitter users will be hit hardest under new Tory austerity plans with cuts of up to 50 charact

I Am the Blues, by MC

My skin brings blessings to everyone save me. I sing heaven to earth yet, remain in misery. I AM thunders, “Your being helps others to be.”

You Need Love But You Don’t Need That, My Lass!, by Linda Bates

My mother’s caustic tongue made advice sound like a curse. Now death stuck in the back of my throat as I looked up at the monster I’d married.

Final fears, by Deena Douara

She clung to life, fearing mediocre adjectives like “nice,” “friendly,” “good-natured.” She pleaded with God for a chance at better words.

Rinse, Lather, Repeat, by Bud Scott

The time machine is ready!

I’ll set it for ten seconds into the past.

Whiz, Whirl, Bam

The time machine is ready!

I’ll set it for ten seconds into the past.

Whiz, Whirl, Bam

The Alibi by Erik Wollschlager

When the cops showed up, I knew they were looking for you. I’ll never know if they caught up to you, or if you had a good enough head start.

Immaculate, by Hussain Hameed

I was quite surprised when the doctors told me I was pregnant. It wasn’t just that I was still a virgin but that I was also a boy.

The Crappy Tuesday, by Amie Ryan

“Just tell me the truth”
“All right…I cheated on you”
“I thought you’d just stolen my money?”
“Well yes, that too.”

Roses are Red, by M Sawyer MCIJ

She stood, alone, dark against the cold November sky, a red rose dangled at her side as she looked without seeing in to the grave.

The Breakup, by Victoria Sarda

The coffee grew cold, the table an ocean between them. She gazed at the cup, a napkin, not him. His hands moved, eyes, table, ear, pocket.

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Watch the September 2015 Winning Stage Play. Submit your own Play – Deadline TODAY

Deadline TODAY: #STAGE #PLAY #Festival. Get play performed by #actors. FULL FEEDBACK
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Stage Play Reading of GLUTTONY & LUST are FRIENDS
September 2015 Reading
Written by Matthew Weaver

SYNOPSIS:

Two deadly sins, Lust and Gluttony, are bored with their daily routine. So they decide to mix things up by switching places, which means a sudden glut of erotic bakeries and a Japanese sumo wrestler being named the equivalent of People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Creatively restored by the switch, Lust and Gluttony talk the other sins into following suit, which throws the world out of balance and attracts the attentions of the virtues. Who are nobody’s idea of a picnic.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Val Cole
GLUTTONY – Steve Rizzo
LUST – Alissa DeGrazia
HANNAH/CHARITY – Erynn Brook
PRIDE/SLOTH – Neil Kulin
TONY/WRATH – Ryan Anning
ENVY/GREED – Pip Dwyer

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1st Scene Screenplay Festival Announces its August 2015 Winners

Deadline: FIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL Get it performed at the festival. Full feedback
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Watch the three August screenplays performed by professional actors.

Script #1: 1st Scene Script: THE MANTLE
August 2015 Reading
by Frank Edward Kelly
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_mantle.html

SYNOPSIS:

The Mantle is about an FBI agent trapped in a mysterious, snowbound town who stumbles on a series of unearthly deaths that mirror a tragedy from his past.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Megan Leach
THERON – Rob Salerno
NINA – Maya Woloszyn
WEATHERMAN – Troy Patterson
WOMAN’S VOICE – Rachel Rain Packota
STATE TROOPER – David Occhipinti

Script #2: 1st Scene Script: THE TEST
August 2015 Reading
by Loris Simon Salum
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_test.html

SYNOPSIS:

Everyone likes to think they are doing the right thing. We all like to believe we do what is best in difficult situations. This screenplay is about a woman, Melissa, who makes a choice she believes is right for her relationship with Gerard.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Victoria Murdoch
MELISSA – Reetu Bambrah

Script #3: 1st Scene Script: REDNECK CHRISTAS
August 2015 Reading
by JC Mercer Jr.
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/redneck_christmas.html

SYNOPSIS:

BANG! REDNECK CHRISTMAS explodes like a shotgun blast straight from the North Pole! This magically insane tale, introduces a likeable underdog with a zany quest to find his self-worth, kidnaped girlfriend and a multi-million dollar ornament before its to late.

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Victoria Murdoch
ERNIE – Matthew Lawrence
BUCKSHOT – Julian Ford
SHERIFF MAGNUM – Vince Jerad

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Read the August 2015 TWITTER Short Story Winners – 10 Stories!

Read the TWITTER Short Story Winners for August 2015. 10 Winners in total.

The best of 140 character short stories! All 10 Winners will now have their story made into a short voice over film.

1

FOOTSTEPS by Arthur Zopellaro

I hate the sound of people walking
I thought moving to a remote cabin would help me
I’m here, all by myself, but the footsteps won’t go away

2

Drinking Game by Helen Freeman

While they sat drinking margaritas, Liz and Ann began their list. This was an important list. Pen in hand, Helen wrote the title. “People We Want to Punch in the Face”.

3

SAND by Jemma Pollari

She is as sand: he yearns for her beneath him, but the trace he leaves is dusted over by her next lover’s breath. She burns the souls that touch her.

4

One Man’s Junk by Jesse Heikkila

Rifling through the dumpster seeing sunlight reflect off of polished titanium, I used my good hand to pull at the wires and retrieve my arm.

5

Hero by Justin Boyd

A year after saving them, the acclaim had died down, the attention dried up, and Juan’s life was once again painfully mundane.

6

Not A Victim by Kelley Portwood

She sat in the dark.
A thin line of light flared to split the seam between door and floor
Shadows flowed back and forth
Door opened.
She fired.

7

The Retreat by Kymm O’Malley

Her heels echoed sharply on the tile as she walked away.
It was better this way. No goodbye. No broken promise.
A single tear fell anyway.

8

Prank Call by Lucas Ruderman

He answered the phone to what he thought was another prank call only to realize after several profane minutes, it was his mother.

9

Improvising by Mark Farley

Tossing “50 Shades of Grey” aside, I nibbled on my wife’s thigh. It was lonely being the only survivor of the plane crash.

10

The Big One by René Claveau

The line hums as it speeds out. Locking it, the rod is ripped from my grasp and is gone. The sea rises, rises. No one will believe this.

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Deadline June 20th

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Watch FATHER/DAUGHTER Stories from the Writing and Film Festival

Watch winning stories and movies showcased at the Writing and Film Festival in this genre: Short, Feature, TV Screenplays. Short Stories. Novels. Stage Plays. Poems. Stories from festival made into movies:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/father_daughter_stories.html

Watch the best of Father/Daughter from the Festival:

DIAMOND AND THE FOSTERS
Full Movie
Watch the entire 5 chapter novel.
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/diamond_and_the_fosters.html

DAUGHTER
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/daughter.html
USA, Drama

FAMILIAR
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/familiar.html
Horror, Canada

CADAVER
WATCH Audience FEEDBACK
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/cadaver.html
Animation / Adventure, USA

TV SPEC – PARENTHOOD “Don’t Give Up On Him Yet”
June 2014 Reading
Written by Cara Rothenberg
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/parenthood_tv_spec.html

TV SPEC – MODERN FAMILY “Chairity Case”
November 2014 Reading
Written by Josh Bressler
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/modern_family_chairity_case.html

FEATURE SCRIPT: THE FIREWORKS STAND
January 2015 Reading
Written by David M. Hyde
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/the_fireworks_stand.html

Novel Transcript – NOT TO TALK ABOUT UNTIL NOW
March 2015 Reading
Written by Kirsten Marie Wohlgemuth
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/not_to_talk_about_until_now.html

1st SCENE SCRIPT READING – PROMISES
October 2014 Reading
Written by Lee Forgang
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/promises.html

Watch Novel turned into Movie
Sandro’s Notebook
88min. movie
Written by Albert Russo
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/sandros_notebook.html

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Also, Free logline submissions. The Writing Festival network averages over 95,000 unique visitors a day.
Great way to get your story out: http://www.wildsound.ca/logline.html

Deadlines to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

Watch recent Writing Festival Videos. At least 15 winning videos a month: http://www.wildsoundfestival.com