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16 Feb, 2018
2 hrs 14 mins
343 votes
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Hostiles takes place in 1892 and tells the story of an Army Captain who reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne chief and his family back to tribal lands. On the journey, they meet a widow whose family was murdered on the plains and offer their help. As the former rivals make their way from an isolated Army outpost in New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana, their relationship moves from antagonism to compassion, demonstrating humans' capacity for change.
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Verdict: Rosamund Pike and Christian Bale's performances hit the right spot. History has a way of repeating itself. That is one of the things that makes all works of arts relevant through time. Western is one of the few genres that has evolved over time and we can now see glimpses of them in sci-fi (Dark []... ...Read full review
The film tracks a groups journey, led by Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), across the unforgiving and lawless terrains of Americas in the 1800s, as they make their way back to the home of the dying Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) in Montana. On the way, they encounter a woman Rosalie Quaid (Rosamund Pike) who is coming to terms with the harsh world of New Mexico at that time, especially at the hands of ruthless Comanche raiders. ...Read full review
Army Captain Joe Blocker (Christian Bale), a veteran fighter against Native American tribes is all set to retire when hes assigned a last mission - to take his long-standing enemy- Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) - and his family to their traditional burial ground in Montana, as hes dying of cancer. They pick up Rosalie (Rosamund Pike), along the way. Rosalies husband and children were killed by the members of another Native American tribe and she narrowly escaped. ...Read full review
There is a deep melancholy that runs through Hostiles, and essentially every film by Scott Cooper, that defies explanation. The filmmaker only seems to make the sort of movies industry experts insist are becoming less viable by the year. His latest is not only uncommonly grim for a mainstream picture starring a mainstream movie star, but it is also a Western, a genre that has famously fallen from the audiences good graces, unless, of course, Quentin Tarantino or the Coen Brothers are somehow involved. ...Read full review
Theres a gritty integrity and plaintive poetry to this end-of-an-era western from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. Wrestling with the oddly contemporary contradictions of frontier mythology, its a tough but tender tale of blood and dust, populated by characters who express themselves most eloquently through gestures rather than words, accompanied by a superb Max Richter score that wrings mournful song from troubled landscapes. ...Read full review
Scott Cooper is a strange filmmaker in that all his movies have interesting premises but they never really live up to their promises. Hostiles, his new project with Christian Bale in the lead is his best film, which essentially means it works at most places even though its a dreary and grim slog through some pretty visuals and wild west aesthetics. ...Read full review