In 1892, legendary Army Capt. Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal land. Embarking on a harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, N.M., to the grasslands of Montana, they soon encounter a young widow (Rosamund Pike) whose family was killed on the plains. The travelers must now band together to survive a punishing landscape, hostile Comanches and vicious outliers. But this is not so much a traditional Western as an epic love story. Love of country, family, and of your fellow human being. It captures our history as it relates to racism, war and what hate does to a person and country.
Clearly influenced by classic Westerns, particularly the films of director John Ford, “Hostiles” is a worthy addition to the genre.
Christian Bale has given another fine performance…The film’s cinematography captures both the West’s harshness and it’s beauty.
The first great American western since 1992’s Unforgiven
Hostiles is a careful and well-informed exploration of the paradoxes that are as integral to the western genre as horses, whiskey and guns.