Critic Consensus: Hostiles benefits from stunning visuals and a solid central performance from Christian Bale, both of which help elevate its uneven story.
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The journey is beautifully shot by cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi, but Bale's genius is wasted-he's often resigned to looking sullen and straining to recite the clunky dialogue.
It offers shreds of hope, something we can cling to even now.
By turns deliberative and chaotic, brutal and merciful, definitely bleak and just maybe hopeful, Hostiles could have ended with its penultimate scene, but it would have been a very different movie.
Bale does outstanding work, revealing unexpected depths of intelligence and sensitivity.
Audience Reviews for Hostiles
Christian Bale is absolutely tremendous, delivering a quietly intense performance in this brutal revisionist Western that carefully (yet incisively) examines the consequences of a merciless cycle of hatred that only dehumanizes people and turns them into beasts and monsters.
a beautifully shot but thematically pretty damn gloomy Western. The story is Slow paced but the outstanding acting and interesting premise makes it fascinating and enthralling in every moment. Some character development seems to come a little sudden and the ending is both disturbingly bleak and hopeful at the same time. All that certainly makes you think about the film for a little longer, considering some of its themes resonate in today's political climate. The beautiful images stay with you anyway.
An intelligent Western for these modern times, Scott Cooper takes a hard and introspective look at the human heart and what, if anything, is necessary to make forgiveness and moving on possible when dirty history points to nothing else but slaughter to the last soul. A fabled Indian killer is commanded to escort an old enemy home to die is the simple synopsis but there are many more crisscrossed lines of hate between here and there. Cooper and his actors, all more than capable, deliver the goods for a thought provoking evening at the flickers
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