Hostiles: What You Need to Know
A hit at the box office and with critics, new historical thriller Hostiles confronts the brutal and bigoted history of the American frontier. It stars Christian Bale as U.S. Cavalry officer Blocker, who must escort a dying Cheyenne war chief Yellow Hawk to his ancestral home in Valley of the Bears, Montana.
Hostiles hits DVD shelves on Monday (April 30th, you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page) and here is everything you need to know about it...
Who’s in it?
Christian Bale leads the company. Wes Studi plays uneasy ally, chief Yellow Hawk of the Cheyenne tribe. Heading up the rest of the party are Rosamund Pike, Jesse Plemons, Jonathan Majors and critical darling Timothée Chalamet who started the year with two Oscar-nominated films, Ladybird and Call Me by Your Name.
And who’s directing?
Scott Cooper, who also directed the 2015 biographical crime drama, Black Mass.
What’s the plot?
The film opens in New Mexico, 1892, amidst two decades of fighting between the Cheyenne, the Apache, and the Comanche natives. A ruthless United States cavalry captain, Joseph Blocker, is ordered to escort his enemy, the dying chief Yellow Hawk (Studi), to his ancestral home in Montana as his final order. Blocker accepts under the threat of a dishonourable court-martial. He brings Private Frenchie DeJardin (Chalamet), Leutiennet Kidder (Plemons), 1st Sergeant Thomas Metz (Cochrane), and Corporal Woodson (Majors) across the frontier.
The party diverge from their path to investigate a charred house. Inside is widow Rosalee Quaid (Pike), cowering over the bodies of her children who were scalped by a Comanche war party. Initially hostile to the Cheyenne escorts, she buries her family and accompanies the party. What follows is a brutal struggle across America to deliver the chief to his homeland, in which captain Blocker and Yellowhawk must forgive their bloody histories and the murder of their comrades...
Does it deliver?
More brutal and uncompromising than most recent attempts at a modern Western, this movie all has all the classic nods to the genre, so if you enjoy whisky, guns, horses, tracking shots of wide open expanses, this one is for you...