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
Branch Call Number: FIC Hosti
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Audience: Ontario Film Review Board Rating: 14A


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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.

Sep 11, 2018

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

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.

Aug 25, 2018

Beautiful scenery.

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.

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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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.
I saw what happened to the 4th when Yellow Hawk and his dog soldiers got done with them. And there wasn't a...
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.

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.
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.
We think, but, like ants, they just keep coming.
They're human beings. They deserve to be treated as such. And need I mention
they were here first?

May 19, 2018

Something tells me you ain't got the nerve to fire that, woman.
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.
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.
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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Aug 07, 2018

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