The Revenant, a 2015 drama survival western from renowned Mexican author and director Alejandro G. Iárritu, is without a doubt one of the most important movies of the last ten years. The Revenant was a technical marvel, painstakingly designed to give the viewer an experience that is more authentic and visceral than any other, while not being everyone’s cup of tea due to its lengthy duration, gory images, and general lack of speech.
The movie is particularly well-known for being the straw that finally broke Leonardo DiCaprio’s long streak of unfair snubs, earning him his first-ever Academy Award for Best Actor. All told, “The Revenant” received a tonne of awards, including three Golden Globes, five BAFTAs, and three Oscars.
Read on to learn everything we know about the filming sites for “The Revenant” if you were curious.
Where Was the Revenant Filmed?
The majority of “The Revenant” was shot in several locales in Canada, Argentina, and the United States. In October 2014, principal photography commenced, with a projected completion date of April or May 2015. Filming ran longer than expected and continued well into August 2015 due to the film’s ambitious cinematography, which was shot exclusively in natural light.
The majority of “The Revenant” was filmed in Canada, which served as the main shooting location. The remote Bow Valley in Alberta, Canada, served as a key site for the movie “Revenant,” which wonderfully captured the brutal reality of the uncharted American frontier. The challenge of filming here was incredibly difficult because the temperature would frequently dip below -30 C.
The Native American war sequence was filmed in Morley, a First Nations community located inside the Stoney Indian reserve in southern Alberta.
The Drumheller Badlands, sometimes referred to as “Dinosaur Valley,” are another well-known area in Alberta. John Fitzgerald initially notices a meteor in this area. In Kananaskis Country, close to the Fortress Mountain Resort and the Kananaskis Trail, Fitzgerald’s adventure across the mountains was filmed.
British Columbia, Canada
The filming location for the most iconic scene in ‘The Revenant’, the bear attack, is the beautiful Squamish Valley in British Columbia, Canada. On set, filming was done at the Mammoth Studios in Burnaby, British Columbia, which is where films like ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ‘ were also filmed.
Kootenai Falls, Libby, Montana
The gorgeous Kootenai Falls near Libby, Montana, served as the location for a small amount of filming for the waterfall sequence in which Glass becomes stranded in swiftly moving waters.
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Although the initial goal was to shoot the entire movie in Canada, production delays meant that by the time the climax of “The Revenant” was being shot, the weather had already gotten too warm. Director Iárritu made the decision to relocate the filming to the Argentinean town of Ushuaia in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago as a result. In this setting, Glass and Fitzgerald engage in their dramatic encounter.
Cast, Crew, and Plot of The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio from “Inception,” Tom Hardy from “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Domhnall Gleeson from “Ex Machina,” Will Poulter from “Midsommar,” and Forrest Goodluck from “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” make up the main cast of “The Revenant.” They play Hugh Glass, John Fitzgerald, Andrew Henry, and Jim Bridger, respectively.
Alejandro G. Iárritu, a Mexican director, is behind “The Revenant.” He is best recognised for his roles in the 2014 black comedy “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and the 2006 psychological drama “Babel,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The plot of “The Revenant” is based on the adventures of Hugh Glass, an American explorer, hunter, and frontiersman who lived in 1823, almost 200 years ago. Glass is severely mauled and nearly killed by a grizzly bear while on a disastrous exploration mission. John Fitzgerald, a member of his hunting party, decides to leave him since he believes he is near death and kills his son Hawk. As he struggles to survive the perilous American frontier and find the cunning Fitzgerald to exact his vengeance, a broken Glass must exhibit incredible levels of bravery and tenacity.