From the very beginning, you could tell that this will be a visually enthralling experience. Emmanuele Lebezki, who did the excellent cinematography and deservingly won the oscar for last year's 'Birdman' and 'Gravity' before that, returns to deliver yet again another eyegasmic experience. The movie is overflowing with beautiful shots which just feel very natural with the environment. And there are some sequences which are simply JAW DROPPING, particularly this one scene with the bear where I was completely stunned and had no idea how they pulled it off. Another Oscar win for Lebezki.
The story is a simple but a very gritty, brutal and unforgiving experience. Leonardo DiCaprio gave one of his best performance. He had very few lines of dialogues in the film but he carries the film on his physicality and he surely gives it all there. You could truly feel the agony this guy is going through. Another year where he has a shot at winning a best picture Oscar (But probably won't win like always). Tom Hardy also did a great job with his character. He did have his usual not easy to understand dialogue delivery. He surely likes these kind of roles.
The music tracks we got were beautiful yet haunting, perfectly intertwining with the tone of the film. Most of the film is shot on location and uses natural lighting, which truly sells the survival experience.
Now the movie was a bit too long and started to felt like it was dragging in some parts as there this feeling of repetition. Also, aside from Dicaprio's and Tom Hardy's character, there weren't really any other interesting ones or the ones you cared about, even though you do get to see many others. The story also was lacking, I mean it is a revenge tale but it really felt like style over substance throughout.
To fully enjoy the movie, your suspension of disbelief might have to go a bit higher but the movie is actually inspired by true events. Definitely a must watch, if just for the cinematography.