Title: The Revenant
My rating: 4/5
A thrilling tale of betrayal and revenge set against the nineteenth-century American frontier, the astonishing story of real-life trapper and frontiersman Hugh Glass
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out, crawling at first, across hundreds of miles of uncharted American frontier. Based on a true story, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
After realizing that I wanted Hugh Glass to seek revenge on the two men who abandoned him with no provisions, I wondered why I thought that. I would not use violence like Glass sought, but the whole “an eye for an eye” mentality circled in my mind as I saw Glass as a protagonist. I tend to give folks the benefit of the doubt and lean more into trust – perhaps I saw that myself and Glass were different, and I wanted him to succeed just for himself. I also considered how I would survive with the bare minimum and being in the wilderness, trekking across the country from fort to fort, avoiding the Arikara from skinning me. There is a definite hesitancy in watching the film even though Leonardo DiCaprio won an academy award from it. Not normally the genre I lean to when wanting something to read and I’m glad that I dove in fully, learning about the history of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company and what it takes to survive.
What are your feelings towards revenge?