Written and directed by Scott Cooper, Hostiles is a brutal, bloody western about an army soldier, Captain Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) who is given military orders to return a Native American man by the name of Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) back to his home. Blocker is known for his hatred of the Native American people, he talks of the way they slaughtered his men, “cutting from stem to stern” with hatred in his eyes, but as a soldier he must complete this duty in order to reach retirement.
Bale is joined by his loyal soldiers played by a casting dream team of Rory Cochrane, Timothée Chalamet, Jesse Plemons and Jonathan Majors. He is eventually joined by a deeply damaged woman who just lost he entire family to attack by Comanche people. Rosamund Pike does a fantastic job portraying the deep pain this woman has come to endure, her screams of agony, and the terror in her eyes sends shivers down your spine. Bale does a fantastic job slowly peeling back the emotions behind this deeply damaged soul, a man of few words but when he does speak you listen. Bale and Pikes characters find a certain level of comfort within each other that helps each of them embark on this brutal journey together.
This is a story of white people finding themselves by bonding with the indigenous people they once would have murdered. The level of acting, and the beautiful scenery lift this films tired story to something really worth watching. You will catch yourself being wowed by each scenes beautiful background. I highly recommend this film for the next time you plan a movie night.