Though superficially The Revenant is an expertly written, acted, and directed new age Western about one man's wild quest for revenge. It is all of those things to be sure, but this critical review essay goes deeper and explores the ideological dimensions of the film, arguing that the film's main antagonist is actually a capitalistic hero representing the mindless application of the endless drive for profit and wealth. Furthermore, this essay concludes with the dialectical assertion that it is precisely because of the audience's situatedness within the ideological confines of capitalism that they are able to view the antagonist as the villain of the film.
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Sculos, Bryant W.
"Capital Revenge: Ideologiekritik and The Revenant,"
Class, Race and Corporate Power: Vol. 4
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol4/iss1/6