Watch Hostiles full movie online free – I finally saw Hostiles this morning. It’s fantastic for a rated R movie! I’m not a violent movie person or a rated R person. But if it’s historically accurate I’ll go see it. The violence wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be which was a big relief for me. There’s a lot of language to watch out for as well. But it has incredible acting, beautiful scenery, and the score in one of the best! Being of Cherokee decent this movie hits close to home. They also did a fantastic job with the Native American language of the Cheyenne. A couple of my favorite Native American actors also star in Hostiles, Wes Studi and Adam Beach. That was the other reason why I wanted to see it. They were great! I Hostiles is one of my favorite historical movies. Can’t wait to own this movie!
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Hostiles review by elliot-360-936807
Post civil war frontier America and Christian Bale aka Captain Joseph Blockeris is ordered by the Army to escort a Cheyenne Chief, who has been granted safe passage back to his homeland in Montana, by the President of the United States, due to his terminal illness. Along the way the party encounter wild and dangerous Comanche “Indians”. The movie is intense and I surmise Bale will be nominated for an Academy Award for this turn. Wes Studi, as always, as the ailing Chief, is marvelous, understated and ever so powerful. Rosamund Pike is superb as a deranged widow who is collected up by Bale’s party. Her presence in the story seems like a distraction from the original mission or orders, but it’s a movie and we have to have some man/woman tension and whatever then derives from that, of course. The movie sometimes slows down a bit, and lingers, but it always recovers, and overall – see this movie. And the music score is perfect.
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Hostiles Review by Raven-1969 – Hostiles Come From Anywhere
Deep and long simmering hatred is stirred up when Captain Blocker, an experienced and capable yet bitter western war veteran, is ordered to lead the transfer of a small band of Cheyenne from New Mexico to Montana. Blocker is enraged because the band includes Yellow Hawk, the killer of his friends. Forced to go, Blocker puts Yellow Hawk in chains for the long ride. The unlikely travel companions meet up with a grief-stricken woman in the burnt remains of her home. She cradles a dead baby in her arms and hovers on the brink of insanity. Worse, the unstable and dangerous men who massacred the woman’s family are now on their trail. Sympathy for the woman as well as the desire for self-preservation begins to unite the Cheyenne and the soldiers.
There are wonderful film themes to digest including the understanding that hostility can come from anywhere or anyone. We are all potential hostiles. It is a sight for sore eyes to watch the characters travel through beautiful prairies and wildlands. Actors including Chistian Bale, Wes Studi and Rosamund Pike, perform impressively. While the actor chemistry is a bit off and much time is wasted in useless blubbering, there is an uncommon, important and intriguing American history lesson here. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Hostiles Review by Jon Ochiai – Let hate die
“Hostiles” is sublime. Hatred dies in mortality and forgiveness in Writer and Director Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles”. Christian Bale is powerful in his humanity. Rosamund Pike is poignant resilience and loss. Cooper’s images and narrative will move and touch your soul.
Rosamund Pike as young mother Mrs. Quaid cries in anguish as she digs with her bare hands the graves for her three children murdered by Apache Indians. While silent compassionate Christian Bale as Captain Joe Blocker watches with his men ready to aid the distraught widow. Mrs. Quaid is a woman of God, of faith. Without her faith what does she have? The scene broke my heart in tears. Bad things can occur under God’s watch. Writers Cooper and Donald E. Steward don’t shy away for the world’s seeming unkindness and unfairness.
Cooper balances the ugliness and the beauty of courage and redemption in “Hostiles”. Cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi elegantly captures the lightness and darkness. Darkness is in Blocker’s merciless vengeance upon those who harmed the people he cares for on the stormy night. Lightness radiates as his party emerges on horseback riding through the sunlit forest. Poetry is in the balance.
As the singular Western, “Hostiles” is one of best ever, even compared to Clint Eastwood’s iconic “Unforgiven”. I think more so. Whereas, “Unforgiven” surrenders to the hollow emptiness, “Hostiles” asks to release hatred. Bale’s Blocker is a killer of Indians, a racist, and prejudiced. What if all prejudice can be justified? Blocker realizes that his mortal enemy Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hawk, played by noble Wes Studi, would have slaughtered as he did, all for the sake of being right. You can take being right to the grave. In the end, being right makes absolutely no difference. That is the eloquence of “Hostiles”. “Hostiles” invites to think from your soul.
Sitting on the grassy plains Mrs. Quaid asks, “You believe in the Lord, Joseph?” Blocker replies, “Yes. I do. But he’s been blind to what ‘s been going on here for a long time.” “Hostiles” inspires having faith knowing that the world is gray and cruel at times.
Set in New Mexico in 1892 retiring US Calvary Captain Joe Blocker, played by Bale, is commanded by his Colonel to escort Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hawk, played by Studi, and his family to his homeland in Montana. Yellow Hawk is now an old man dying of cancer. Blocker is transparent, “I hate him. I hate his kind.”
Blocker’s unique gift is killing tribal Indian warriors. He’s taken more scalps than Sitting Bull. In their younger days Yellow Hawk and his men heinously murdered Blocker’s dearest soldier friends. In kind Blocker brutally killed the Cheyenne. Each believing that he was in the right. For unmarried Joseph doing “his job” is his only purpose. Mortal enemies Blocker and the Chief define each other. Their telling exchanges in Cheyenne have the gravitas of honor and mortality.
On the journey, Blocker and his men rescue broken Mrs. Quaid, played by Pike, in the aftermath of the murder of her entire family. Blocker reveals his gentleness as he reaches out his hand, “I’m not going to hurt you.” Their journey is treacherous and costly. Alliances alter and reinvent. Find courage and faith in the hopeless. Discover one’s redemption and forgiveness.
Christian Bale is at his best. He fearlessly explores what it is to be human. Whether he exacts violent revenge upon the villain or cries “You never let me down.” to his dear friend Henry, played by Jonathan Majors, he surrenders to humanity in all its shades. He provides beautiful partnership with Rosamund Pike’s Mrs. Quaid in her touching sadness and possibility of renewed life. Pike is vulnerable and powerful.
Western “Hostiles” has a lot to say for us today. There will always be hatred and prejudice. They are about being right and making others wrong. What Bale’s Joseph discovers when he looks for balance: Righteousness and hatred only causes suffering. Maybe we can’t love everyone. Maybe one thing we can do is let go of hate. Let hate die. “Hostiles” is my favorite movie of the year.
Hostiles Review by FallonTimberlake2016 – Christian Bale shines in emotional journey that has a powerful and relevant message.
Hostiles is a period piece that stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and many others. It centers around an Army captain who hates Native Americans that is asked to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family to the reservation in Montana that they were previously from.
The film starts off with a deeply disturbing scene where a family, including children, is massacred by Indians, which sets the tone for a very emotional, disturbing, and even sometimes uplifting journey that questions who the real hostiles are.
The real highlight here is, of course, Christian Bale, who can convey a world of emotion with just one expression. Bale is easily Oscar- worthy and should definitely get at least a nomination. Whenever Bale controls the scene it is riveting.
Rosamund Pike also nails it as the lone survivor of the attack described earlier. She exhibits grief better than even the most experienced of actors.
Hostiles has a great message that is especially relevant in today’s dividing times. The film is about inclusion, and shows that we are all human no matter how evil one may seem.
However, this movie is not without its flaws. It’s very slow at times, and there are entire scenes that feel like they don’t need to be in the film. Luckily, whenever the film starts to slow down, within the next scene or so something happens that makes it more interesting.
Hostiles is a heavily emotional experience that will make you think about long after it is done. Despite the heavy subject matter, it has an uplifting message, and pull some great performances from the main actors.
I give Hostiles an A.
Hostiles Review by David Ferguson – Slow burn western with a message
Greetings again from the darkness. When a filmmaker is influenced by one of the all-time classics, that filmmaker best deliver a movie that not only stands up to inevitable comparisons, but also one that has its own identity, playing as more than a copy. Writer/director Scott Cooper (from a manuscript by the late Oscar winner Donald E Stewart) succeeds on both counts even as he tips his Stetson to John Ford’s western classic THE SEARCHERS.
If you are familiar with Mr. Cooper’s CRAZY HEART and OUT OF THE FURNACE, then you know his style is never hurried, and to expect minimal dialogue. You might think of him as the anti-Aaron Sorkin. Cooper’s characters tend to only say what must be said, and prefer to communicate through subtle gestures and actions that define their character. In this latest, he re-teams with Oscar winner Christian Bale, who plays the quietly simmering Captain Blocker. It’s 1892, and the legendary Army officer/soldier/guide is ordered to escort a Cheyenne Chief and his family through dangerous and unchartered New Mexico territory, so that the Chief may die in peace in his native Valley of the Bears, Montana. During a career of brutal warfare against the Native Americans, Captain Blocker has developed a deep-seeded hatred, and only accepts the assignment after his pension is threatened.
The opening sequence immediately immerses us in the constant danger faced during this era. Rosamund Pike watches as her homesteading family is brutally slaughtered by Comanche warriors. She survives only by escaping into the woods, although it’s a bit of stretch to believe that this homemaker marm could outwit the Comanches. Circumstances find Ms. Pike’s traumatized character (the actress’s go-to wide-eyed look) joining and complicating Captain Blocker’s convoy.
Wes Studi plays Chief Yellow Hawk, and the film’s only weakness is in his not having a more substantive role, as we are teased a couple of times with nuanced exchanges between he and Bales’ Blocker. The stellar supporting cast includes Rory Cochrane, Jonathan Majors, John Benjamin Hickey, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp, Jesse Plemons, Timothy Chalamet, Adam Beach, Peter Mullan, and Scott Wilson. Ben Foster also appears as an Army soldier accused of murder … another addition to the convoy, as he is to be escorted to prison.
The somber film follows this traveling party as they move slowly and methodically across the open plains and wilderness. There are no moments of levity, as death and danger are constantly hovering. No real reason for optimism exists, and surviving the day is the only goal. Despite the appearance of little happening, there is much going on here for the characters and in commentary on the times. At its core, the story is about Blocker’s reclamation of his soul and humanity; although redemption may not be possible as he recalls Julius Caesar and getting used to killing, but not to losing men.
Political correctness is avoided in many scenes, though the message is clear that the hatred between the Native Americans and the mostly Anglo settlers and soldiers stems from the unethical seizure of land by violent force. Amends are not possible even with a change of heart. It’s in these moments where we desire a more in-depth look at the various native factions.
Cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi works with some amazing vistas, landscapes and rock formations. He deftly balances the breathtaking beauty of the land with the intimacy of the mission. There is a relentless undercurrent of simmering emotion throughout the film, much of which comes courtesy of Christian Bale. Sporting a mustache to rival Poirot, Bale is remarkably adept at silently expressing disgust, rage, resolve and resignation. His groans and grunts convey as much as soliloquies for many actors. While he feels remorse and seeks redemption, we are left with the not-especially-upbeat message that we are what we are.
Hostiles Review by Agamemnonsb – A Study in Death.
Hostiles is a sightseeing tour through every form of evil the Old West seems to offer. Christian Bale, in the guise of Army Capt. Joseph Blocker is charged to escort Cheyenne war chief Yellow Hawk and his family back to Montana on parole at the tail end of the 19th Century.
Expansive visuals, well shot. Solid character acting, with minimal dialog to work from. At times, it seems like a silent movie.
If Westerns are uncommon, Cavalry movies are rare. I don’t recall one since John Wayne. Where westerns generally focus on individual justice, on law and vendetta, or gold lust or exploration, depicting the Army from the inside is a different animal. A history of the brotherhood is different, because it’s so often involuntary. The common cause of violence amidst self-sanctioned poverty. Together, alone. No matter the state of the frontier, the Cavalry cut its path from lampost to campfire in Enemy Territory, far from reinforcement or communication.
Hostiles is a study in death. It’s a picture in why we take up causes so far from home. Willingly, and those thrust upon us by circumstance. It’s a redemption story, but it’s also a story about the impact murder has on the soul of the murderer, the various fates that carrying hate within and alongside brings down among you. It has no bystanders, and many victims. Change can’t be undone, it can only be moved forward.
There seems to be a habit, dating well back historically, of Englishmen adopting lands far from their own in preference to England, of endeavoring to become one with Chinese ceremony, or Indian jungle, or Arabic desert.
I think Christian Bale likes making westerns.
Hostiles Review by TheLittleSongbird – Not a film to be hostile towards
With a high appreciation of the Western genre, the involvement of a talented cast, the generally positive (so far) critical reception and one of 2017’s best trailers (to me at least), ‘Hostiles’ had me completely sold from the get go.
Getting back from seeing ‘Hostiles’ a couple of hours ago (although a 2017 film it was only released in my country today), it on the most part did not disappoint at all. Some may be turned off by the slow pace and the brutality of some scenes. Neither bothered me actually, having gone in to the cinema knowing exactly what to expect from watching the trailer and reading a few reviews that made it clear from the outset that ‘Hostiles’ was a deliberate and uncompromising sort of film.
Yes ‘Hostiles’ is a slow burner, but deliberately so for atmosphere and mood reasons most likely. That being said, it reminded me very much of the elegiac quality of the classic Westerns that ‘Hostiles’ actually made me feel nostalgic for while watching it. ‘Hostiles’ is indeed uncompromising, with the violence being the kind that takes no prisoners and isn’t afraid to hold back, while not going over-the-top that it feels gratuitous.
This can be seen in as early on as the opening scene that is as powerfully gut-wrenching an opening scene of any film from 2017 Just as disturbing are the second appearance of the Comanche and the powerful climax. ‘Hostiles’ is not non-stop brutality though. There is real sincerity and poetry too.
What could have been a major distraction from the main mission, which in itself is very heartfelt and is never lost even with everything else potentially threatening to, is actually what provides the film’s heart and vulnerability. Rosalie’s plight and back story really resonated with and moved me, as did the very heartfelt coda and a persuasive message, delivered just about right, that has as much relevance now as it did then.
‘Hostiles’ looks stunning visually. The scenery is majestic in the most spectacular of ways, ranging between stark and lush. The period detail is evocative, with the right amount of grit and understated sumptuousness. The cinematography sweeps just as much in a way that is beautiful in a non-flashy but very natural and richly atmospheric fashion.
Similarly the music has atmosphere and grace without being intrusive. Sometimes ‘Hostiles’ has scenes with just dialogue and shots of actor’s expressions which speaks volumes with no music or sound featured and all the better for it. It’s beautifully directed by Cooper too and much of the dialogue is thoughtful and sincere and the action thrillingly authentic without being over-the-top.
Christian Bale gives a performance that is among his all-time best, and he always has been a commanding and powerful screen presence. He has a smouldering, intense authority throughout in a stoic, subtle sense, whether in his stubbornness, his compassion or in action, commanding the screen effortlessly and often in a nuanced way, a knockout in the final 30 minutes. And don’t worry, his character-of-its-own moustache is nowhere near as distracting or unintentionally funny as one would think.
Making even more of an impression is Rosamund Pike in perhaps her second best performance to date after her exceptional once-in-a-lifetime performance in ‘Gone Girl’. She has never been more heart-wrenching or poignant in especially in the first half, when we see how such an every-family-member’s-worst-nightmare tragedy has affected and broken Rosalie, something that Pike demonstrates with expressive nuance, pathos and a far wider emotional and expressive range than she has been given credit for in the past. Despite always liking her, it is performances like this, ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘A United Kingdom’ that have particularly stretched Pike and played to her strengths and it is this direction that she could keep pursuing.
Sadly, it is perhaps too late for either Bale or Pike to be considered for awards attention, if the film had been released earlier either or preferably both could and should have been in serious contention for all the major ones. This may seem like extreme hyperbole, but this is my genuine stance on this. They are very well served by the supporting cast, with especially dignified turns from Q’orianka Kilcher and Wes Studi (who could have been had more screen time but dominates every time he appears, often without saying a huge amount). Ben Foster is also strong. Nobody is bad here.
Not that ‘Hostiles’ is perfect. The villain roles here are rather sketchy, they could have had more to them than one-dimensional (though the Comanche are quite chilling still) ciphers there mainly to provide the conflict, only for them to be dispatched pretty quickly (especially the trio of abductors).
Although sincere and thought-provoking on the whole the dialogue rambles at times, meaning a few scenes are bogged down by too much talk that slows things down a little. The middle act is particularly true to this, when the pace doesn’t feel as tight and the storytelling not quite as focused (though still gripping).
For my liking too many of the secondary cast members have very little to do other than 10 minutes tops of screen time and some lines admittedly delivered well. Perhaps the film is slightly too long as well, but that wasn’t as big an issue for me.
Overall, a very good film and almost great, with a lot of outstanding elements (especially the visuals, the two leads, the atmosphere and emotional power). Not a film to be hostile towards.
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