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Hostiles (2017)

The story centers on a legendary Native American-hating Army captain, nearing retirement in 1892, who is given one last assignment: to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory back to his Montana reservation.

Entertainment Studios is making a last minute dash to the Oscar finish line with “Hostiles.” Scott Cooper‘s western stars Christian Bale as a legendary Army captain in 1892 who reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) and his family through dangerous territory. Gold Derby recently spoke with star Rosamund Pike, film editor Tom Cross, and composer Max Richter.

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About The Film

Hostiles: Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the story of a legendary Army Captain (Christian Bale), who after stern resistance, reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back to tribal lands.

Hostiles is a brutal and unflinching portrayal of the old west. It is told with a sort of melancholic indifference to the harrowing journey the characters take. There are scenes in this film that will punch you in the gut. Hostiles doles out savagery as a mere fact of life. Juxtaposing the sparse beauty of an untamed land with the bloody conflict that soaks the arid soil. Director Scott Cooper (Black Mass,Out of the Furnace) takes no delight in the violence. His theme is about bitter enemies coming to terms, while discovering humanity within themselves. This is heady, captivating cinema; which unfortunately suffers from an age old flaw. Hostiles is another whitewash from Hollywood. The Indian characters are merely pawns in their own story.

Set in 1892, Hostiles opens at an army base in New Mexico. Christian Bale stars as Captain Joseph Blocker, a hardened cavalry officer renowned for killing Indians.

If I’ve learned one thing over the years, it is that there are three forms of art you will never win an argument over: the painting kind, the music kind, and the movie kind. The reason is simple. What is one person’s garbage is another person’s gold. That is why there are far more movie, art, and music critics than actual movies, art, and music produced. Hostiles is the most recent attempt by Scott Cooper to actually direct a movie. The highlight of his sparse directorial efforts is Crazy Heart which managed to get a couple of Oscar nominations.

With writer-director Scott Cooper’s fantastic new film, Hostiles, now playing in limited release, a few days ago I got to sit down with Christian Bale and Chief Phillip Whiteman (who helped Bale understand the Cheyenne culture while filming) for an exclusive interview. Bale talked about how he got involved in the project, what surprised him to learn while researching his role, how the film doesn’t shy away from depicting the brutal violence of the era, what it was like on set while filming.