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Hostiles

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7.22 h 13 min2018X-Ray15
Army captain Joseph Blocker undertakes one final mission: escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to sacred tribal lands. Together they battle against a punishing landscape and the brutality of men alike, coming to the rescue of a young widow amidst the carnage of her murdered family. A heroic odyssey of survival, HOSTILES is a journey towards respect, reconciliation and forgiveness.
Directors
Scott Cooper
Starring
Christian BaleRosamund PikeWes Studi
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DramaWesternAction
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English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Ben FosterQ'orianka KilcherPeter MullanTimothée ChalametJesse Plemons
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4.4 out of 5 stars

4569 global ratings

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  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
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SteveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tough Era to make a movie about, but it works.
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This is the classic storyline of two historical enemies overcoming their hatred of each other through shared adversity, "the enemy of my enemy" kind of thing. It works, mostly. The viewers journey is quite a tough one, especially in the opening scenes, the brutality of native americans matched only by the brutality of the new American settlers who want everything for themselves. It's well acted,& the characters interesting, when they get enough screen time for you to flesh them out a bit. It became obvious to me why we don't see as many westerns as I did when I was a kid when watching this, it's a subject matter that needs some serious thought before dealing with making a movie about the era these days.
In a nutshell, Veteran Cavalry Officer is ordered to take his old Native-American nemesis to his final resting place. On the way the group come across someone that we met in the opening scenes who joins their band on their trek, they come up against various enemies & the main characters start to reveal their back-stories. The ending was satisfying & very well done, even tho the journey there was quite harrowing.
32 people found this helpful
Dr Jacques COULARDEAUReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
To forgive is not enough
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A part of me dies with this film. I have been nourished on the final solution of the “Indian question” in the USA: genocide and then deportation with compulsory Americanization for the children sent to normal American schools. Happy those who could go to some black school or academy. Most others were purely WASPed into total deculturation.

We are finally coming out of it, at least mentally and we learn to look back at the horror of the end of the 19th century when the federal government cleaned up the plate and the table at the end of the wars. Still some skirmishes with some die-hard Indian tribes. They accepted to die for sure since they refused deportation but they did not die alone. The whites were not better: racist killers in the name of the law, blunt and blind murderers who did not care who they killed provided they were killed in the name of the eradication of the savages, the wild beasts, the Indians in one word and they were at least as gross and insolent and inhumane as that, probably and often more.

I will not tell the story. It has to be experienced the way it comes on the screen. I will only say this film is bringing the idea of a possible renascence and reconciliation, what the Catholic church has been doing for nearly fifty years now. And it was made official and solemn in 1991: “A Time for Remembering, Reconciling, and Recommitting Ourselves as a People Statement of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on Native Americans November 1991.” Since then a lot of progress has been made. Some Protestant churches have followed. The Canadians went even further.

In 2018 two Native Americans were elected to the House of Representatives: “In Kansas, Democrat Sharice Davids became one of the first Native American women elected to the United States legislature; New Mexico’s Deb Haaland became the other.”

The main lesson is to understand that the only solution is empathy, is to feel the other in you and have the other feel you in themselves. The film says that we should not look back and we could disagree: we must not look back in nostalgia, regret, remorse or revenge, but we have to look back at the past and remember but with the objective of reconciling with the other side. No one can make up for the atrocities that were committed on both sides, even if on one side they defended their own land and ion the other side they appropriated Indian land for a symbolical penny, at times not even a farthing. But how can we step over this historical divide? Certainly not by mocking Pocahontas and keeping Pocahontas in the caricature we have reduced her to be, including in the Capitol Rotunda. Far from me the idea of asking for that painting to be taken away, but it is high time that another picture was displayed with a completely different image of Native Americans. By the way, one about slavery would also be a good thing, and that could bring the number of paintings to ten with these two additions.

That miracle of being able to live beyond the horror of the past in communion with the other side, bringing together equals who are able to bury the dead of the other side the same way we bury ours and accept the homage from the other side. Sharing death is just as symbolical and strong as sharing life. But to share, it is definitely necessary not to be a supremacist of any kind. The film is maybe slightly too radical with the white supremacists at the end, though they sure deserve the treatment they get.

This film is thus a call for stepping over past divides, past hatred, past hostilities, past conflicts and building a new world of harmony, discussion, exchange, and togetherness. We can today pull down the mental and psychological walls we have built between the various ethnic groups and cultural communities in our societies. I have often been called a black lover or even a N*** lover but I am proud of having supported the American Indian Movement in Wounded Knee, just as much as I supported Martin Luther King Junior and Angela Davis.

We still have some way to go to finally fully share our common road and our common future.

Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU
18 people found this helpful
HedgehogReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wimping up the West
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I would imagine that life in the real Wild West would have been pretty tough - in which cast the characters in this film wouldn't last 5 minutes.

The men in particular, if such they are, spend far too much time swimming in sentiment and self-pity to have been the slightest bit of use when confronted by a real Red Indian. If they are not gazing (moodily) into space then they are crying, emoting and generally acting like a bunch of Big Girl's Blouses; mawkish creatures that they are.

Too much attention is paid to their over-sensitized and implausible feelings and too little to the action, leading to a turgid and mule-ploddingly slow telling of what amounts to a rather thin tale.

Forget this pile of anachronistic drivel and have a quiet night in the wigwam with the squaw instead.
13 people found this helpful
L. MorganReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not What I Had Expected.
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For me this film was a big disappointment, and I heartily wish that I had not purchased it as I don’t think I will want to watch it again. I was lured by all the very positive reviews, and the fact that I admire the great Native American actor Wes Studi who is cast as the dying Cheyenne Chief, Yellow Hawk. I found the film to be slow and pedantic, and I could not sympathise with any of the characters, least of all Rosamund Pike as the bereaved settler Rosalee Quaid, who abruptly and unbelievably forgets her devastation at the loss of her entire family mid plot. It has a moral in that the story is supposedly one of reconciliation between the soldiers and the Native Americans that are being escorted back to their ancestral homelands, but the Native Americans are very much sidelined as defined personalities, even Yellow Hawk himself has no impact as a character. I found it difficult to feel empathy for any of the protagonists. A lot of people come to a sticky end around Christian Bale as Captain Joseph Blocker who escorts the Cheyennes. The overriding impression that the film left on me is one of boredom, and an awful lot of grave digging.
2 people found this helpful
lee gReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 May 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Slow going at times...yes, but also one of the best.
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As a fan of westerns new and old this is the first one I’ve seen in quite a few years that had me hooked from the start. It’s beautifully shot and for me at least the atmosphere was incredible. I’ve seen a lot of films in 2018, and this is one of the best!
16 people found this helpful
RICOReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 June 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Modern Classic of an old genre
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Well worth watching and for me adding to my collection, cast were brilliant and subject matter as poignant today as back then, simply a classic, shame more didn't go see it but hey these days unless its a M Bay film or part of the MCU with 10 NYE worth of pyrotechnics they just don't sell tickets , sometimes its cool to take your brain out and watch Avengers 8 ,other times its nice to have some decent narrative and intelligent dialogue ;)
6 people found this helpful
pepemiaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 July 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mesmerising film about the past and now
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Wow , I’m not a fan of westerns but this really caught me . It really relates to present day America too and the charachters are really well written and acted , demonstrating the complexities of life and good and bad . It’s a quiet movie, and sometimes seems long and drawn - abit like the journey the charachters were making across the desert so isn’t the easiest to watch but In my option worth it .
I personally though Rosamund Pikes was exceptional in her portrayal of her character Rosalie quad . However I thought it was all wonderfully acted and definitely ine of the top films I have seen this year. I highily recommend this if you like intelligent, thoughtful and appreciate great acting . Left me thinking for a while afterwards .
6 people found this helpful
Mr. G23Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 March 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why do they keep making films like this? Is life not full of enough misery around already...?
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Honestly, what a pile of garbage. This adds nothing to the genre and I dont believe for a second, this is true in any way. Just another story to play to the Americans and let them believe they are always the heroes.I love Christian Bale, as an actor. This was an awful film. I think the woman in it- Dont know her name, shes not particularly memorable, but since she was in Worlds End, I cannot picture her in anything else without remembering how she says 'oh Crumbs' and 'sorry'. I dont think the woman can act. These emotions in this film, any woman could play. Absolute Rubbish and a waste of 2 hours of my life that I wont get back.
The very savage start was also a very obvious set up and unnecessary to see children ever being hurt in a film. If yiou are parent, you might feel the same. What about the Americans claiming indian territory as their own?? The indians were there on their lands way before... how long do we have to keep carrying on playing to the Americans and letting them always rewrite history and any film to make them always the heroes? I dont claim to be a film expert critic, so if you are looking for one of those near perfect film breakdown explanation. that is not here. But I paid money for this garbage and I will damn well, share my feelings. What a rubbish films. There is enough misery in the world... just watch sky news for 20 minutes and you'll see. why anybody would think this is worth 2 hours of somebody's life to watch, of course the actors are getting paid. What do they care, But for me, this is a real low point for Christian Bale. The only decent actor in this film. each to their own of course. but this is my opinion . Total rubbish. we need more feel good movies in the world- not this.
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