Scott Cooper has turned to another venerable American genre, the western, for Hostiles, the raw and compelling tale of an embittered and battle-hardened US Cavalry officer ordered to accompany a Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana. The flinty-eyed Captain Blocker (Bale) has seen more than his fair share of violence and bloodletting on the frontier, but this mission, which he is forced to accept, is a particularly bitter pill to swallow: Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi) has been his mortal enemy for years due to a conflict that killed many of Blocker’s friends. The Chief has also lost friends in the conflict.
Setting out through dangerous territory, much of it inhabited by hostile tribes, the small band of soldiers and Cheyenne navigate the beautiful prairies and wilds of the west, while facing a series of challenges. Blocker — much like John Wayne’s character in the John Ford classic The Searchers — is a racist, a man who harbours a deep hatred towards the former prisoners now placed in his care. As the challenges mount, Blocker is forced to confront his own bigotry while carrying out his orders. To complicate matters, the ragged party is joined by a stricken widow (Rosamund Pike) who has just seen her family massacred in a raid.
Hostiles cuts relentlessly into the complex, troubled relationship between those who have lived on this land for centuries and the white intruder, posing the question: is reconciliation possible?
Hostiles is set to be released on December 22nd.
In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
Premiering last week to rave reviews at the Telluride Film Festival, Christian Bale’s first return to the Western since his classic remake of 3:10 to Yuma, directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) is desperately trying to secure a release date in late 2017 to qualify for the awards, such is the confidence in people who have gotten a look at it. The first trailer is a moody and tense promise of what could be a great story. Cooper’s come close in the past, but never really made a film that I thought was a home run, but Hostiles could change all that when it opens later this year.
Out of the Furnace is not at all the movie I was expecting from the trailer. Scott Cooper’s second film, following Crazy Heart (which won Jeff Bridges a Best Actor Oscar), is much less the rescue mission into hill country that the trailer hints and more a sad song building like a slow burn to an inevitable conclusion. Continue reading Movie Review: Out of the Furnace (2013) *SPOILERS*
This looks like it could be incredible. What a cast: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forrest Whitaker, Willem DaFoe, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, WOW. Just the intensity and the dread in this trailer is enough gut punch you. Is there anyone who is as versatile as Woody Harrelson. Lovable shambling con man in Now You See Me and scary, methed-up white power kingpin in this. This looks like an Oscar contender for sure.
This one just popped up on my radar. The trailer’s been out for a while and I knew Christian Bale was in it, but I had no idea how strong the supporting cast was. Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepherd, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Willem DaFoe among others. Official plot synopsis below, Out of the Furnace opens December 6, 2013.
Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.