Ok, so I have to tell you up front that this is a hard hard movie to review. This movie inspired so many conflicting emotions from both Matt and I. First of all, if you are going to see this know what you are getting into. This isn’t just a movie about fur trappers, that barely covers what this movie is. Know ahead of time that this is one of the most brutal movies I have ever seen. We knew that and I looked up why this got the R-rating and here is the list (via parent movie previews)
– Frequent explicit violence with blood and brutal detail.
– Violent acts shown in realistic detail with blood and tissue damage.
– Depictions of beating, shooting, stabbing, dismemberment, mauling and/or burning;
– Frequent portrayals of gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence, some involving animals and some in the context of war and survival.
– Scene of sexual violence.
– Gory and grotesque images.
– Disturbing scenes.
– Three scenes of non-sexual nudity, depicting buttocks and genitalia.
– Portrayal of sexual assault with little detail.
– Limited embracing and kissing.
– Sexual references.
Now let me talk about the good…. this movie is epic, the location and the setting is just stunning. Leo deserves all the awards, he is amazing… he isn’t Leo in the movie but completely transforms into Glass. With that being said, for everyone saying how did he do that in -40 below conditions….. he went above and beyond… well, when you are paid over 20 million I would also ask “How long should I stay in the 40 below river”! I think we all forget how much he was compensated for this film.
Now, how they shot all these scenes is beyond me… it is truly something like I have never seen before. This film is like a work of art.
Now, let’s move on to the rest of my feelings on this movie. In the almost 3 hour run time of this movie there is not even ONE minute of happiness, not one second of uplifting… anything. This movie is NON STOP doom, pain, devastation and blood. You see I don’t mind violence, I love war and action movies but this was something else. This was so brutal and realistic that I haven’t had to cover my eyes this much in a LONG time. And the bear mauling scene is horrific, I had to put my fingers in my ears because the sounds of his bones breaking amongst his screams were too much. Here is what Matt and I both agreed on after leaving the theater…. we are glad we saw this. Glad we saw this most talked about film BUT we will never watch it again. Neither of us would put ourselves thru that almost 3 hours of stress and constant worry about what in the world is going to happen next.
SO …. my advice, know what you are getting into. This film is epic but that comes with a price, Rolling Stone put it best.. “This film is not for P*ssy’s” For real. Good Luck.