In modern cinema, the amount of Western related movies are few. Pretty much every one too also seeks to look at what happened at this time in America in a new light. The modern Western really doesn’t follow the template of times past.
I think I may have expressed this opinion before, the Western movie genre does not really make me want to rush out and go to the cinema. Well with Hostiles, if your feelings or thoughts are similar, put them to the back of your mind and go and see it.
It is 1892 and Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale ) who has a checkered past when it comes to Native Americans is given a task he really does not want accept. He has to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his extended family back to their ancestral lands.
But this journey will be anything but straightforward.
They have hardly started the long trek when they happen upon a young widow Rosamund Pike. She has been recently widowed by a hostile Native American tribe who have attacked the family homestead, so seeing who Captain Blocker is escorting only reinforces her grief – stricken state and provides one of the most arresting scenes of true grief I have seen on screen.
During the journey however as well as facing the long perilous trek across the Western wilderness they are also confronted by their preconceptions about the other people in their company and sets out portray them in a different light than they may have happened in the Western genre of old.