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The story of a legendary Army Captain, who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to tribal lands. Together, they must join forces to overcome the punishing landscape, hostile Comanche and vicious outliers that they encounter along the way.
Adventure Drama Western - This is a violent western action/drama aimed at adult moviegoers.
Fans of Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, and Wes Studi will enjoy,
while other familiar faces such as Ben Foster and Jesse Plemons have
only small roles. Language, violence, and adult subject matter make
the film not for kids.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Hostiles isn't for everyone. It demands from its viewers not only an appreciation of the Western as a genre but a willingness to experience some difficult and unpleasant scenes. It is emotionally intense but the catharsis is worth the investment.
Roger EbertFull Review Good a film that's beautifully shot and acted, but also meandering, overlong and only sporadically focused on its central issues. ...the film's biggest flaw lies in how underwritten the Indian parts are. Though the venerable Wes Studi is a commanding presence and fine actor, his character is given very little shading or dimension, and the other Indians are allowed practically none.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good ...the Native characters are developed less fully... ...Bale, in a piercing, quietly devastating performance, holds the film's center with commanding authority. It's a film whose brute force tempered with contemplative grace. It's a potent and prodigious achievement.
Rex ReedFull Review Good Hostiles is a western for people who hate westerns (like me). Hostiles breathes fresh oxygen into a genre as old as a Confederate cough. A welcome diversion from the generally depressing pile of junk the movies unloaded during this year's holiday season.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 94 moviegoers:
These are great reviews! All ages, both males and females, rated "Hostiles" very high. About 60% of the males and 65% of the females indicated that they loved it. Most of the remaining reviews are "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. Only a small percentage rated it as low as "average" (males) and "below average" (females).
Cavalry Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale), a former war hero, now
Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi), a Northern Cheyenne war chief, now prisoner, are forced
partake in a hollow publicity stunt to bolster the personal and political
Blocker's commanding officer.
Stuck in Fort Berringer, a miserable New Mexican prison outpost, Yellow Hawk
is to be
released to Blocker and returned to the Cheyenne homeland in Montana. It's a
particularly cynical gambit, as Yellow Hawk is dying and upon his death, his
be imprisoned on a reservation. A belligerent Blocker believes the Chief should
prison and is threatened with court martial when he refuses to accompany his
The plan is set in motion and Blocker and his men and Yellow Hawk and his
become complicated traveling companions. Not long after their departure, the
happens upon Rosalee Quaid, a traumatized survivor of a Comanche massacre, and
reluctantly joins the group.
Blocker, Yellow Hawk and Quaid turn into the unlikely heart of Hostiles. They
tenacious fighters who have been shaped by suffering, violence and loss and it's
created in them no end of suspicion and anger.
Compelled to work together to endure and survive a 1,000-mile journey of
proportions, they're forced to confront their preconceived notions of one
realize that the worst of their differences were created by forces beyond their
Their transformation from a place of antagonism and fear to one of compassion
tolerance is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and our capacity