A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.
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In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
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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
The film takes place mostly outdoors. As the movie was shot on-location in New Mexico and Arizona during monsoon season, the cast and crew were exposed to the elements. Indeed, filming had to be often shut down for a time because of lightning storms. See more »
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An interesting character study for just about everyone involved
Hostiles is a Western film starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, and Wes Studi. Written and directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Crazy Heart), it is a well-made but unrelenting film about one's own moral judgement and survival of the obstacles that life throws in their way.
In 1892 in New Mexico, Captain Joe Blocker (Christian Bale) is tasked with escorting a native American chief (Wes Studi) and his family across state lines to their homeland in Montana. Along the way, Blocker's group discover a traumatised housewife named Rosalee (Rosamund Pike), whose husband and children were brutally murdered by a nearby native war tribe. After some gentle coaxing, Rosalee joins the group and they set off once again, navigating through the dangerous terrain and environment.
While it does occasionally drag in some scenes and is not as epic as it wishes to be, Hostiles is a solid Western and an interesting character study for just about everyone involved. Almost everybody's moral compass is on full display and the viewer benefits greatly from seeing the ways in which someone wrestles with their humanity and actions. Christian Bale does an excellent job leading the film and his character is superbly written, constantly questioning his own behaviour and self-restraint. Director Scott Cooper makes great use of the landscape to showcase the open and hostile environment of the old American West, almost as though it is character in its own right. Even though I feel that the film could have been considered a modern classic if some of its flaws were ironed out, Cooper has still made a film well worth seeing at least once due to its interesting characters and creative use of cinematography.
I rate it 7.5/10
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