Hostiles

Hostiles

DVD - 2018
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In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
Publisher: [Willowdale, Ontario] : Universal Studios Canada, ©2018.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm.

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Raynam
Aug 19, 2018

Way to slow.Bale is a better actor than this.Half the time he just mumbled,could not understand what he even said.R.Pike was as good as she could be given what she had to work with.Do not recommend.

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RainbowRabbit
Aug 09, 2018

This is a thoughtful movie about those who murder for the state. It is a journey in which the protagonist develops spiritually as a result of the interactions with others during the journey. While there is much violence in the story, most of the violence (including rape) happens off-screen, and what violence there is is not glorified. There is much camaraderie between old friends, but what is notable is the gentleness of all the soldiers to the PTSD-suffering woman whose husband and children were murdered before her eyes. It is also noteworthy that a Black is among the soldiers, although that happened often enough that it should not be a surprise. So, in many ways, the film hit all the right notes for the liberals in the audience. What I found disappointing was that the film did not explain the transformation of the protagonist during the journey. This may be because he was a strong and silent type that said little during the film, so we never know what he is thinking or reflecting upon. We only get lengthy looks at his granite face. However, it could be because there is no change or development in the character. He was always a gentle soul; he just killed Native men, women and children, because that was his job, and once he found a Native that he could like, he shook his hand. Thus, what is criticized in the film is Native policy out of Washington, and not those on the fronts lines who implement the policy. There is no personal fault admitted in this film, and consequently, no absolution.

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eurochien
Aug 05, 2018

I fell asleep for 40 minutes. The pace is sooooo slow, it will just hypnotize you into sleep. When you open your eyes again on the movie, it will be on another 45-second shot of Christian Bale looking at you. It could have been a great movie but the director took Terence Malick's kind of rhythm to an extreme that slows the film down to a crawl. We're a long way from John Ford.

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KatieKAM
Aug 04, 2018

Great movie. I would say that it is well and deliberately paced, not slow, as some may comment. Some may cast it as a dichotomy between white and native American, but it is more nuanced than that. Casting was excellent and throughout the landscapes are breathtaking.

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greatflicks
Aug 03, 2018

Good movie, a bit different but we were rewarded for watching it. We liked the ending, showed some character.

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duane767
Jul 24, 2018

Well acted and brutally violent at times, but a bit overrated in my opinion.

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bobbles1
Jul 21, 2018

Very thoughtful and thought-provoking movie about the common humanity of natives and whites, the natives who protected their land brutally and violently, and the whites who came to it and took it over brutally and violently....the movie is about the relenting and repentance of both as the futility of the killing reaches their hearts, and their hearts respond with love and gratitude towards each other for their shared humanity....it is still a brutal and violent movie, and those in it, even as they mature and accept that they have much blood on their hands, remain convinced that their bloody response to violence is the only rational response... and like other movies these days (The Drop comes to mind, another brilliant movie), there is the ambiguity of violence being somehow appropriate when backed into a corner by violence coming from somewhere else....I think this trend in movies - as always really - is a statement about the decay of society today, actually, the current growing postmodern response to differences of opinion these days is violence in various forms, rather than rational discussion as it used to be in a certain moment in time.....the cultural Marxist posing of the relativity of violence and truth....

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Kitbit
Jul 19, 2018

Truly an exceptional movie, slow to start but thought provoking and timely. We've become used to such fast-paced blockbuster films that it's often difficult to sit back and appreciate a movie that requires you to think, evaluate and absorb the message. Wonderful performances by all.

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ausnos
Jul 09, 2018

Like an onion has many layers this movie does too. It is not your typical Western movie, or any other movie in which only the surface layer is depicted. In "Hostiles" we get to see those many layers that go deeper; thus, we are shown what makes us human.

The actress Rosamund Pike moved me immensely by her poignant performance. I wept in various scenes throughout my entire viewing of this film. I really felt for each character. Death is a remarkable phenomena. It tears us apart as well as brings us together. Granted, this movie was very slow, and I typically rate slow films poorly, but I felt some common ground with the characters. It's a pretty good film to watch.

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Dreamstime
Jul 08, 2018

Sad movie with excellent acting and cinematography.

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jimg2000
May 19, 2018

The soldier:
I was fighting for the Grays. You know, if you sign up to be a soldier... it's your job. But if you don't do your job, then you're lying in a heap like DeJardin. And you remember that. You know, I've killed everything that's walked or crawled. Men. Women. Children. All colors. If you do it enough... you get used to it. It doesn't mean a thing. That's what I'm afraid of. What you don't get used to is...
Is losing men. I've lost a lot of men.
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I saw what happened to the 4th when Yellow Hawk and his dog soldiers got done with them. And there wasn't a...
-(CHUCKLES)
Don't you dare laugh. There wasn't enough left of those poor men to fill a slop pail. Understand... When we lay our heads down out here, we're all prisoners.
I hate them. I got a war bag of reasons to hate them.

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jimg2000
May 19, 2018

One type of hostiles:
Reckon they're lucky it was no Comanche raping them. They'd cut them stem to stern. I once knew a woman down in Texas whose nose was burnt clean to the bone. Flesh gone. Nostrils wide open. Then they cut her beau's sack off, too, and stuffed his testicles in his mouth while he was squirming around.
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Those folks in the Indian Bureau ought to come out here and spend a few weeks at Fort Winslow or on a reservation.The sickness, the starvation, the conditions those poor souls have to live under is nothing short of inhumane.
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We think, but, like ants, they just keep coming.
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They're human beings. They deserve to be treated as such. And need I mention
they were here first?

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jimg2000
May 19, 2018

Something tells me you ain't got the nerve to fire that, woman.
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Where we come from, Natives ain't got no rights.
-President's orders. There ain't no writing on no paper, president or not, can tell me what I can and can't do on my property.
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Sometimes I envy the finality of death. The certainty. And I have to drive those thoughts away when I'm weak. We'll never get used to the Lord's rough ways, Joseph.
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Who've you become, Joe? Letting me die by the gallows, and saving this savage. I mean... You ain't who I thought you was. I would've died for you. And my brothers-in-arms did die for you.

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kimchan98
Aug 07, 2018

kimchan98 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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