By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Director/writer Scott Cooper
whose work includes the outstanding movies, “Crazy Heart” starring Jeff Bridges, the Johnny Depp gangster drama “Black Mass” and “Out of the Furnace” with Christian Bale, returns with “Hostiles,”
a sprawling, redemptive Western saga.
Set in 1892, “Hostiles” centers around Capt. Joseph J. Blocker (Bale in fine form once again) as a man who has witnessed many of his comrades slaughtered by “savage Indians.”
He’s eager to retire from the Indian Wars. But his plans soon change, when he’s ordered by President Benjamin Harrison to escort his old enemy, the dying Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi, “The Pipeline”) from Fort Berringer, New Mexico through hostile territory to his tribal lands in Montana so he can die with civility alongside his family.
They’re portrayed by Adam Beach (“Suicide Squad”), Tanaya Beatty (TV’s “The Night Shift”), Xavier Horsechief and Q'orianka Kilcher (TV’s “The Alienist”).
During the reluctant and dangerous journey, Capt. Blocker and his men--which include “Call Me by Your Name” star Timothy Chalamet who still looks 12 years old--meets Rosalee Quaid (Rosamund Pike, “A United Kingdom”).
Rosalee is still reeling from witnessing her entire family murdered at the hands of the Apaches.
Capt. Blocker takes her along and runs into a white soldier (the always remarkable Ben Foster, “Hell or High Water”) who is accused of being an Indian killer.
“Hostiles” which runs 133 minutes, is brutally violent, yet the action scenes are lavishly rendered and the cinematography is stunning.
For a while it seemed as if Westerns were becoming a dying breed. However, with last year’s “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” and now “Hostiles” the Old West is rising again.
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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA), the Black Reel Awards Voting Academy and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.