Hostiles

Hostiles

By Scott Cooper

  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Release Date: 2018-01-05
  • Advisory Rating: 15
  • Runtime: 2h 13min
  • Director: Scott Cooper
  • Production Company: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: GBP 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 5.49
6.4/10
6.4
From 525 Ratings

Description

1892, New Mexico - legendary Army captain Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) undertakes one final mission before retirement: escort Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) - a dying Cheyenne war chief - and his family back to sacred tribal lands. After 20 years of violent struggle, this gesture of peace is as unthinkable as it is harrowing. Together they battle against a punishing landscape and the brutality of men alike, coming to the rescue of a young widow (Rosamund Pike) amidst the carnage of her murdered family. Two great warriors, once rivals across the battlefield, must learn to trust each other and find peace in an unforgiving land. A heroic odyssey of survival, HOSTILES becomes a story not about the miles travelled nor the battles fought, but the journey towards respect, reconciliation and forgiveness.

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Reviews

  • Very slow

    2
    By Mr Pantaloon
    A long, slow, heavy story line of dramatic pauses and staring.... pushed through it in the hopeit would pick up but alas no. Not for me sry
  • Astonishing

    5
    By Jak Luke Sharp
    The world is engulfed in self-righteous superiority and bloodshed in Scott Cooper’s bleak and stunning depiction of the true barbaric ancestors of America. Hostiles begins with a frantic pace of violence, a feat that it never gives up, dragging its audience through the thick bloodshed that fills the entire brim of the screen. It’s suffocating and toxic - just the way it needs to be shown and seen. Many have seemingly missed the crux of Cooper’s film. It does not give a podium to racism, or bigotry, or white-nationalism for that matter. It showcases the atrocity of the actions of above in the reality that they would occur, nor does it give any act or character vindication for their terrifying actions of violence. It does not gloss over the tragedy and appalling treatment of the Native American. It quite astonishingly, tortures it’s very own audience like the victims on screen. With Bale on truly fine-form, as usual. Pike showcasing her exceptional emotional range, and a small but incredibly weighted and rich performance from Wes Studi, add to a wonderfully strong and balanced cast. Combined with a stunning, albeit soft, slightly suffocating score from composer Max Richter, who creates an incredibly stoic and atmospheric sound, that matches the visual tragedy with an ironic beauty.
  • A redemption story with a twist!

    5
    By Aaron t 77
    This a gritty old school western, full of interesting characters, it shows the harsh realities of the lives of indigenous population and the settlers with all its brutality.
  • Politically correct classic western

    4
    By owl
    I must start by declaring that I don't normally like westerns but was intrigued to see Rosamund Pike (I have a crush on posh actors) starring in this film. The story itself is pretty predictable with modern liberal values plastered all over the place; but the leading roles are very well played and believable. The photography of the wilderness is breathtaking.
  • Great western.

    5
    By EssEss
    This is a very good film, which covers ‘old’ western themes, such as redemption, stoicism and, of course, battles with native Americans. It also, however, covers revisionist western themes, such as the racism inherent in white America’s move westwards, (appropriating tribal lands along the way), and the hatred felt by the film’s main character, Capt.Blocker, towards Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hawk, who he has to escort from captivity to his ancestral burial grounds. The film is set in 1892, only two years after the real massacre at Wounded Knee, which polarised views on the use of the military against native tribes, so Blocker’s hatred would have been real. All the film leads, Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, and Wes Studi (the superlative Magua in The Last of the Mohicans) give great performances. Like westerns of old, a satisfactory ending.
  • Much better than what the reviews say

    5
    By JakubJodlo
    Feeling amazingly authentic, tough. Amazing acting from the whole cast. Gripping and beautifully shot! Definitely underrated.
  • One to watch

    5
    By Dayvut
    A genuinely great old school western, simple, gritty storyline, with the right amount of action which is believable without being to brutal. Christian Bale at his best with a great supporting cast which makes the movie gripping from start to finish.

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