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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Punnoval
Nov 10, 2018

Is this any more than a pre-Leone western about the poor settlers having to deal with a bunch of murderous injuns? Right away, one can tell that this as a war between culture (hey, gotta teach them kids English grammar) and savagery (Them bad injuns look like they play in a death metal band!)
After dealing out many whacks to the indigenous peoples, our hero (Blocker-Bale) seems to be wavering. He has to make up his mind whether to help some Uncle Tom injuns get to their miserable reservation (courtesy of the US gov't.)
There could be an existential conundrum dealt up here - in a "settler" culture is it better to whack all the aboriginals, or should one only whack the ones that refuse to go to the reservation and behave. Ole' Scotty (director S. Cooper) sidesteps this issue by having the hero indulge in a dime store romance with the remaining "settler"and having all the Uncle Toms but one snuffed. That one goes off with the hero/heroine to be properly educated in the Yurropean culture.
Anyone interested in the European settler/colonialist attitude towards aboriginal people should read Sven Lindqvist's "Exterminate All the Brutes".

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lakeland53
Nov 08, 2018

I enjoyed this film very much. As one person cannot, on their own, be the whole cause for change, so it is with this film. The first settlers met with much opposition as they moved West. Towns were established, and then big money brought trains across the continent. Christian Bale, in a finely played role, must perform one last duty for the Army, of which he does not want to partake. But this has been his livelihood. He performs his last duty, all the while having PTSD, he has opportunity to come to terms with his life as a soldier and his own participation in the 'fights of the white man vs. the red man'. This, to me, becomes clear to him as he & his last mission reach their destination. The director gives the lead character a strong ending, something in the story line that must be resolved for the viewing audience. The inner life of these characters is so strong that they drew me into their life. The supporting cast is excellent. The scenery is exquisite and I loved the film.

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INVS
Nov 04, 2018

I found myself in agreement to many of the comments, however it was a movie where time constraints had to seem longer, being a movie. I wondered about the slow pace getting to MT, but consider how hard it would be on the horses, with no relay station available; food & water an issue for all; riding fast prevented them to keep close attention to signs of danger & possibly alert their approach to hostile tribes; I suppose consideration to women, child & health of dying chief. If one has never undertaken a long ride it's very hard to imagine the grind & strain to body.

Stoic attitude, well played by Bale. I'd never considered PTSD suffered by all members of this journey in their respective lives. Forgot where I read this "Ignorant questions are frustrating to people of color because in movies as well as in literature the white male is the default representation. This country has been ruled by white men, made to benefit white people above all else since its inception." It seemed gratifying some comments were made about the land grab, destruction, treatment of a noble people. We are a racist nation.

To say I enjoyed this film is untrue. The message I can away with was sad reality. Both sides of this conflict were fairly well demonstrated.

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Nooksack20
Nov 03, 2018

Interesting movie. Great locations and scenery. Rather slow and plodding in many spots as you watch horses walk from New Mexico to Montana. Sporadic violence which is one of the underlying themes of the story. Acting was so-so with lots of head nodding and mumbling through thick mustaches and facial hair. The sound track was inferior. Definitely an adult movie.

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misatim
Oct 29, 2018

This not a look at the past but a fantasy of that look to the past. Great acting, but the story was lost in editing. Long shots of beautiful scenery, good costumes, nice to hear the proper language, but the vanishing race thing has to go. Someone finally tries to acknowledge the North American genocide, and the people involved in it, but it falls short. I am not sure how one film could cover the range of emotions needed to acknowledge the huge loss to the world. Watch it and leave your opinion.

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I_am_Legend
Oct 26, 2018

A suspenseful story, depth, intense emotion and great acting. Christian Bale gives a great performance as an honourable but wounded individual. One of the best westerns of all time. This does have the feel of open range, a little slower but more intense story. This is a must see. 9/10.

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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.

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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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Nooksack20
Nov 03, 2018

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Aug 07, 2018

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