Based on the novel by Michael Punke which is based on a 1915 poem The Song of Hugh Glass, the movie, the novel, and the poem both detail the life of Hugh Glass, whom is played by Leonardo DiCaprio in this movie.
I read the book back in high school and loved this survival and revenge story in the Old West. I really wanted to this movie in theaters but didn’t quite get the job done, so I have it on DVD now.
After some bad luck and a bear attack, the group he’s traveling with leaves him for dead. Hugh battles his way through injuries, attacks from a rival native tribe, and winter storms to find the man who betrayed him.
I’m finding that I have a lot of DiCaprio movies in my collection, something I wasn’t aware of until watching this movie. I guess that means he’s a good actor I like or he makes a lot of good movies.
First, I would like to point out that this is the very first DVD I’ve ever purchased for myself, and probably the first I ever owned. And, after a bit of research, it is based on a story by Alexandre Dumas (wiki). There are also quite a few well known actors here, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich, even a young Hugh Laurie makes an appearance.
With that said, and my personal bias explained, let’s get to the movie. This movie takes place after the events of the The Three Musketeers story line. Athos, Porthos, and Aramis have all retired and D’Artagnon is now guarding the king. Well, the king isn’t really reigning all that well, and starts courting the wrong woman. There really is more to this plot, but it’s so complicated and involved that I could hardly do it justice.
Anyway, the man in the iron mask is the key to France’s salvation, and Aramis works to this end, an end to the tyranny of the king. Now, this does not follow the exact plot of Dumas’ work, as some of the characters do not appear in the movie, and not everyone dies at the end.
Obviously, I like this movie. I like the very full plot, but it’s still easy to follow, and continues the adventures of The Three Musketeers.