“HOSTILES is more PENETRATINGLY POWERFUL with each passing frame”
Kathy Kaiser, Matinee Chat
HOSTILES – Rated R – 2 hrs. 14 mins.
Director: Scott Cooper
Writers: Scott Cooper and Donald E Stewart
CAST: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Scott Shepherd, Wes Studi and David Midthunder
In the midst of our countries quest West in 1892, Army Captain Joseph J Blocker (Christian Bale) has seen enough blood shed to last him a lifetime. When he is requested to escort an Indian Chief (Wes Studi) and his family make to their sacred grounds, Blocker’s hatred surfaces, as he has seen way too much at the hands of these savages.
When he is given a direct order, Blocker has no choice but to obey, as he sets out on his mission to return these imprisoned savages home. As fate would have it, this journey crosses the path of Mrs. Rosalie Quaid (Rosamund Pike), whose entire family has been taken from this earth by the Indians who inhabit these lands. Shaken up, but not completely broken, Cpt Blocker must now keep the Indians in his care, and the beautiful Rosalie too, from perishing in the wilderness, or at the hands of his calvery, before their quest is through…
I give HOSTILES a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN: Incredibly moving, yet disturbingly graphic at the same time – HOSTILES is one of those films that heightens your senses with its imagery, and effects your psyche…with each passing frame. Bale once again gives a legendary performance as the stoic, warped, yet loving of all mankind Cpt. Joseph Blocker. Pike gives a very touching and real performance as well, as the mother/wife who has her world turned upside down, only to find that forgiveness and love are the only emotions that we need to survive. Round out this cast with the exceptional performances throughout by both the Cavalry, and the Indians they are perusing, and you end up with a movie that is so daunting and so moving at every turn, that you won’t want to experience its power any other way, than on a big screen near you. Take my word for it, HOSTILES is one of those films that serves up an intense multidimensional storyline, with a graphically strong demeanor that you won’t soon forget. Suffice to say that HOSTILES is also a film that should ONLY BE VIEWED by those of us OVER the age of 17 too ~ so please take heed of the Rating ~ and leave the little ones at home for this penetratingly powerful film…