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)
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.
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.
I never thought about PTSD when thinking about the Wild, Wild West days, but this movie will make you think about it. I do not recommend this movie for family movie night, but I do recommend it for adults.
Hostiles is a gorgeous film. The visuals of sweeping American landscapes is breathtaking and pulls the viewer into late 1800's America. Each of the three main characters is well developed and each has experienced the results of war to one degree or another. Christian Bale delivers another richly layered character who appears to be beyond redemption and simply broken, but there may be a glimmer of hope. Fans of Westerns and those that enjoy mysterious, but sympathetic characters should add Hostiles to their collection.
I picked up this movie during the black Friday sales for $7.99. It didn't look particularly interesting, but for $7.99 and with Christian Bale, how bad could it be? A period piece involving native Americans and US forces in the later 1800s. A very good story with strong acting. Definitely a film worth watching.
The movie is very good with great acting. If you’re a fan of Mr. Bale then for sure check this movie out, his acting in this movie is at elite level. The action is also good with nice set pieces. If you’re a fan of the genre you’ll enjoy this movie. It’s a gritty, raw, thought provoking movie. And I got for the low.