For clarity, I meant "image" literally (the way the MPAA treats it, i.e. what is shown on screen). The Revenant is chock full of ugly characters doing ugly deeds, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a frame of the movie that's independently controversial.
I would say the rape in The Revenant is shown
, not implied, but all that is actually seen is two faces beside a tree trunk; there's no visible skin or blood (at least until she castrates him just off-screen a minute later) and there's no "violence" -- in the sense of struggle or screaming -- shown, plus it occurs in a long take so there's no cutting to other angles to emphasize any particular facet of what is going on. It's not that it isn't upsetting to watch; it is a realistic depiction of an event that is deeply upsetting, but there is nothing close to a "shocking image" put on the screen, in my opinion:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
It's hard to think about, but not hard to look at. Fury Road, by contrast, features most of someone's face being torn off in close-up at the climax.
As for your last point, I don't really disagree, I just think there are more productive targets for this particular criticism, since every other movie is some kind of revenge story that ends with a murder, and The Revenant is not particularly gratuitous about it (you mentioned Kill Bill, which makes for a useful comparison in terms of both revenge motivation and on-screen bloodshed). There are plenty of movies peddling brutal revenge to minors and showcasing extreme violence for its own sake.Edited by GoldenTribe - 1/23/16 at 10:05am