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Hostiles (2017)

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In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

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Scott Cooper

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Scott Cooper (written for the screen by), Donald E. Stewart (based on the manuscript by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Shepherd ... Wesley Quaid
Rosamund Pike ... Rosalee Quaid
Ava Cooper Ava Cooper ... Lucy Quaid
Stella Cooper Stella Cooper ... Sylvie Quaid
David Midthunder ... Buffalo Man
Gray Wolf Herrera Gray Wolf Herrera ... Apache Man (as Graywolf Herrera)
Christian Bale ... Capt. Joseph J. Blocker
Rory Cochrane ... Master Sgt. Thomas Metz
Jonathan Majors ... Corp. Henry Woodson
John Benjamin Hickey ... Capt. Royce Tolan
Stafford Douglas ... Corp. Molinor
Stephen Lang ... Col. Abraham Biggs
Bill Camp ... Jeremiah Wilks
Wes Studi ... Chief Yellow Hawk
Jesse Plemons ... Lt. Rudy Kidder
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Storyline

In 1892, after nearly two decades of fighting the Cheyenne, the Apache, and the Comanche natives, the United States Cavalry Captain and war hero, Joseph Blocker, is ordered to escort the ailing Cheyenne chief, Yellow Hawk--his most despised enemy--to his ancestral home in Montana's Valley of the Bears. Nauseated with a baleful anger, Joseph's unwelcome final assignment in the feral American landscape is further complicated, when the widowed settler, Rosalie Quaid, is taken in by the band of soldiers, as aggressive packs of marauding Comanches who are still on the warpath, are thirsty for blood. In a territory crawling with hostiles, can the seasoned Captain do his duty one last time? Written by Nick Riganas

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We are all... Hostiles.


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Rated R for strong violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cheyenne

Release Date:

26 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,849, 24 December 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,819,114
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2.35 : 1
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This was the second Western film in which Christian Bale starred, after 3:10 to Yuma (2007). See more »

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There would have been no hostile Native Americans on any route from New Mexico to Montana by 1892.The majority of "hostiles" were either on reservations by that time or deceased. The reason why, decades earlier, the Goodnight Loving trail went to New Mexico before turning north was because there were no Comanche west of the Texas panhandle. See more »

Quotes

Rosalie Quaid: Sometimes I envy the finality of death. The certainty. And I have to drive those thoughts away when I'm weak.
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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
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Christian Bale is brilliant, but the movie...
27 January 2018 | by Kolobos51See all my reviews

I had read quite a bit about this movie leading up to seeing it this weekend but, curiously, had nod seen a single ad. All I really knew was the Christian Bale's performance was getting raves (big surprise), the basic plot synopsis, and that I had enjoyed Scott Cooper's previous films. I had a bit of a bad feeling going in that it might be slow, preachy, and obvious but considering one review came right out and said this was the best American Western of the last twenty years, I was cautiously hopeful.

I should have listened to my instincts.

Hostiles isn't as unbearably overlong and self-important as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but it's close. In fact, it might not even be quite as good as that movie. At least I was fully engaged with all the characters in that film. In Hostiles, it really is just Bale and the people standing around him. The movie is way too long, very slow in the middle, and just not very engaging.

I can't say I hated it because the acting is great all around, except for a badly out of her element Rosamond Pike. Rory Cochrane, Scott Wilson, Jesse Plemmons, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Stephen Lang, Ben Foster, etc. all turn in great work even if their characters aren't that strong. And then there's Bale. Hostiles works best when thought of as really great showcase for the brilliance of Christian Bale, how natural, how carefully constructed, how emotionally raw, and at times remarkably subtle a performer he can be. I truly believe in the future his name will be mentioned in the same breath as Marlon Brando and Robert de Niro. But he really needs to find himself better material. Like Exodus, the last thing I remember seeing him in, Hostiles shows him doing great work in a barely okay movie.

The problems I have with this movie are that the lead actress is stiff and awkward, playing a complex character whose arc does not even remotely land. The supporting characters are mostly disposable with only Cochrane, Studi, Foster, and a guy named Jonathan Majors who plays the sole black member of Bale's battalion really making any impact.

The pacing is all off. The movie grabs you by the throat in the first thirty minutes then just kind of tapers off until the finale. And even then, the plot isn't nearly as smart or impactful as it thinks it is. Most of the time, you'll know exactly where a scene is going from the moment it starts. Honestly, I knew exactly where the movie was going after reading its plot synopsis on IMDB.

Christian Bale plays a soldier ordered to transport some captive natives across Western country which he reluctantly agrees to do because he has been at war with natives in general and the chief, played by Wes Studi, specifically. And he picks up Pike's pretty widow along the way. If you watch movies, you can guess every beat pretty much from there. Brotherhood of man, whites are just savage as the native "savages," romance blooms in unlikely places, etc. Oh, we're all awful for taking native land. The movie is just too proud of itself, too filled with Indie movie "big important movie" pretension to be as obvious as it is.

I wanted it to surprise me, to deviate a little, to do just one thing I really didn't expect but it just doesn't. At least not until the last ten minutes of the movie when Scott Wilson rides in for his bit part.

I can't say I didn't like the movie at all. I did actually really like the first third, Christian Bale is amazing, and there are great moments sprinkled throughout. I just wish Bale could get more work in better films. PS Hey Hollywood. how about letting Bale and Tom hardy face off again, but without the masks this time. It would be a treat for film fans and almost certainly better than the last few Bale films released.


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