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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chaliser
Oct 10, 2018

I agree with most of the previous positive reviews, so not much to say otherwise, except for also agreeing with one of the negative feedback, "The lead character went from an cold-hearted, cruel person who minded little about the ill treatment of native captives, to one of compassion and sympathy for their plight [WAY too quickly]." I got the same impression suddenly and glaringly so near the end of the movie. True as the story may have been, in this movie, that process needed a MUCH better transition in the rendering. As for length of a dvd movie, I don't mind so long as the story is worth watching - that just gives me more to enjoy - and I just pause the thing if/when I need to.

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1860Colt
Oct 06, 2018

SO BORING!!! Was not invested for even a second. Most bloated, overly long and uneventful western I have ever seen. Zero chemistry, no sense as to what is happening, and Bale imitates Sam Elliot right down to the mustache and inability to clear his throat before speaking. Even the gunfights are agonizing to watch. Westerns are known for their awesome shootouts; I've seen better shootouts between Hickok45 and steel targets. unless you have two hours and fifteen minutes to spare, have a very high boredom tolerance, and a big bottle of booze, avoid this stinker like the plague.

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 02, 2018

This is a western with a rather serious theme. Visually it is very well done. The film does suffer from a few flaws, though. First, it is a tad too long at over 2 hours. Second, the character development is poorly done. The lead character went from an cold-hearted, cruel person who minded little about the ill treatment of native captives, to one of compassion and sympathy for their plight is just too dramatic over the course of the film to be credible. As well, there are plenty of killings, some of which I deem unnecessary for the story in questions. The 'quilt trip' scenes also border on melodrama and were not done well. So overall, I think it is a flawed film, but one with some good attributes.

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Spencer79
Sep 19, 2018

Yes, violent, but a very good film. Excellent acting by the two lead characters.

Worth watching. Heavy duty emotional film about the tragic events which are a snapshot of what was going on in postbellum USA with Western expansion and settlement. Great performances by Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and my favourite indigenous actor Wes Studi (what a great career).

Also, it was great to see both Canada's Adam Beach and Q'orianka Kilcher (of The New World fame).

One of the best recently-released pictures, it tells the story of transporting a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) from his place of internment in New Mexico to his home in Montana. Christian Bale plays Captain Joe Blocker and delivers what might be the finest performance of his long, interesting career. It's hard to imagine a Western that keeps you guessing and comes off as fresh and au courant, but Scott Cooper accomplishes that here. The great Max Richter provides the film score.

Cheryl_JHL Sep 12, 2018

I felt the movie did a wonderful job of portraying grief, as well as the transition from enmity to forgiveness. It is wrenching and often disturbing (especially at the beginning), but I felt it was worth watching for a look into the past and the mistreatment of Native Americans, as well as the transition soldiers experienced going from one extreme to the other in expectations. Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike's performances are excellent.

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MichelleinBallard
Sep 11, 2018

Strong cast.
Worthwhile premise.
Too many bloodbaths.
Too little character development.

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SunnySanMateo
Sep 03, 2018

Death, cruelty, friendship, loss, pain, compassion, and in the end humanity. I'm not sure if movie is slow moving. Action pack, much violence during the fight for your life scenes between fights between the Indians and white-man and stand your ground. In the end, renewed hope and love.

SnoIsleLib_BrianTH Aug 25, 2018

This movie provides incredible western landscapes and showcases wilderness from New Mexico to Montana. Hostiles provides a very personal view into the complex relationships between the early U.S. government and the original inhabitants of the Western side of the North American continent.

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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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