In 1892, a prejudiced Army captain (Christian Bale) is forced to help transport a Native American chief (Wes Studi) and his family from Arizona to Montana, where the chief awaits execution. Along the way, the group of soldiers and Native Americans must learn to work together in order to make their way through dangerous territory. Rosamund Pike, Jesse Plemons, Adam Beach, Timothée Chalamet, Ben Foster, Jonathan Majors, and Q'orianka Kilcher co-star. Directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass).~Jack Rodgers
A Journey of the Soul: The Making of Hostiles (Over 60 minutes long)
Story-line realistically depicts the harness that still existed in the American West as late as 1892, and it will emotionally connect and touch you in ways you will not believe. The cinematography is thoughtfully done and takes advantage of the Wests’ natural vistas. It’s a well-told story of survival for the hostels – both red and white – and the elements of 1890 Western America that were not tamed yet. It is interesting to view the change of the lay of the land as the Party treks from New Mexico Northwest to Montana – the journey by horseback is about 4 months. For most viewers this film should be viewed more than just once to discover and understand its’ many subtle hidden messages – by their discovery your appreciation of the moving-picture will appreciate many fold. The Director, Scott Cooper, as well as the entire acting cast brought a lot of imagination and sensitivity to this dramatic moving-picture of the spirit of a bygone West. The film is a great view which makes it easy to return to often. The saga can be considered to be an incredible journey into the heart of darkness with light notes of authenticity, realism, grief, and finally discovery in triumph of accomplishment and bonding previously unobtainable
This film presents an interesting take on the conflicts of native Americans and basically the calvary in the 1800's West.
Rosamund Pike plays a woman whose whole family is killed by Indians. She does a good job of presenting the mental stages that a person most likely would go through given this situation. For example, she screams and no sound is heard. (Interestingly, Christian Bale, the cavalry captain, is in a different situation in the film and has the same thing happen to him.) The film has an edginess to it and a sense of realism as the group of calvary soldiers, Rosamund and the Indian prisoners travel to Montana. The Indians, led by their dying chief, excellently played by Wes Studi, are being escorted back to their lands in Montana as per a U.S. presidential directive. It is a physical journey but also a mental and emotional journey for all involved. The film is basically showing how people who hate each other in the beginning of the film come to understand, help and respect one another in the end. It is an interesting transformation for all three main characters. While the film has action scenes, the director also slows the people down giving them a chance to move forward in many different human ways. There is realistic brutality (not for the squeamish nor children).
I enjoyed the film. It has excellent acting, directing and cinematography. I would recommend this film to anyone interested in a higher level film that makes you do some thinking about human beings, their relationships, and the human condition.
I recently purchased a New Samsung Q90T 65" (2020) Q-LED TV and matching Q950T Samsung Soundbar and 4K UHD Blu-ray Player and wanted to purchase a few really good priced Blu-ray Movies to show off the picture and ATMOS surround audio. This DVD does not disappoint. Great movie with plenty of action scenes with very good Surround sound. And I got it on sale! Better than going to the Movies, especially now since COVID-19.
In this rather quiet Western interspersed with spasms of violence, we follow an Army captain (Christian Bale as Joseph Blocker) as he is commanded to escort a dying Cheyenne chief for burial on tribal lands. Taking place as the 19th century is drawing to a close, Blocker has spent his entire military career fighting and killing from the Civil War through numerous Indian incursions. Having watched many of his friends die at the hand of the Cheyenne chief he is about to escort, Blocker is vehemently against doing so with a sworn enemy. Near retirement and faced with the prospect of a court martial and lost of his pension, he reluctantly agrees to perform this final duty, being the good soldier that he is. With just the look in his eyes or a facial expression, Christian Bale conveys the inner turmoil of his character. The physical journey turns inward to one of understanding and reconciliation with the other and reclamation of his humanity from all of the dying that had come beforehand. With a fine supporting ensemble cast featuring Rosamund Pike (as Rosalie Quaid), Wes Studi (as Chief Yellow Hawk) and Rory Cochrane (as Sgt. Thomas Metz), this nuanced Western is a new take on an old genre.
Dark, brooding, violent, and a bit lethargic, Hostiles paints a bleak portrait of a racially divided America through the prism of the Old West. Though the highly charged story of a bitter, bigoted army captain ordered to accompany a recently freed Native American war chief back to his Montana homeland takes place in 1892, it’s tough not to draw parallels to the racial turbulence afflicting our contemporary society. Writer-director Scott Cooper’s powerful, yet strangely numbing western adopts a self-important tone as it plods along and promotes its agenda, leaving the joys of the genre behind. Lionsgate’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation features a lush, beautifully crisp, yet overly dark video transfer, terrific audio, and a comprehensive behind-the-scenes documentary. Western fans looking for the next Unforgiven will be disappointed, but despite its flaws, Hostiles is still Worth a Look.
This is a pretty intense and deep movie. That said, plenty of action and an amazing storyline too. Great acting throughout and an interesting treatment of both sides of the atrocities that took place during that era in American history. Excellent visuals and sound. An excellent BluRay for sure.