“The thing which I greatly feared has come upon me. That which I was afraid of has come under me. I’ve killed savages because that’s my job. You have no idea what war does to a man.” In ‘Hostiles’ 1892, New Mexico – legendary Army captain Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) undertakes one final mission before retirement: escort Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi), a dying Cheyenne war chief, and his family back to sacred tribal lands. After 20 years of violent struggle, this gesture of peace is as unthinkable as it is harrowing.
“I’ve killed everything that’s walked or crawled. If you do it enough you get used to it.” “That’s what I’m afraid of.” Together they battle against a punishing landscape and the brutality of men alike, coming to the rescue of a young widow (Rosamund Pike) amidst the carnage of her murdered family. Two great warriors, once rivals across the battlefield, must learn to trust each other and find peace in an unforgiving land.
“Understand this when we lay our heads down out here, we’re all prisoners…” Directed by Scott Cooper who co-wrote the screenplay with Donald Stewart ‘Hostiles’ is described as a “heroic odyssey of survival” that “becomes a story not about the miles traveled nor the battles fought, but the journey towards respect, reconciliation, and forgiveness.”
“You believe in the Lord Joseph?” “Yes I do but he’s been blind to what’s been going on out here along time.” With a cast that includes Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Peter Mullan, Jesse Plemons, Stephen Lang, Q’orianka Kilcher, Timothée Chalamet, and Rory Cochrane ‘Hostiles’ first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and will be released in theaters December 29, 2017.
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