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Hostiles (2017)


Hostiles (2017)

I’m a big fan of the Western genre if it’s done right.  Christian Bale does not often disappoint.  So, naturally I was pretty excited to see this movie.

The film takes place in 1892.  It is about an army captain (Christian Bale) who is ordered to gather his men and transport a notorious Cheyenne Chief and his family back to their home land.  Along the way, they clash with a group of Apaches.

The film was written and directed by Scott Cooper.  The noteworthy cast includes Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Jesse Plemons, Ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Scott Wilson, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tanaya Beatty, David Midthunder, Rory Cochrane, and Peter Mullan.

This is the second time that Cooper has directed Bale.  The first time being in the film Out of the Furnace (2013).  Cooper also previously directed Jesse Plemons and Rory Cochrane in Black Mass (2015).  This is the second western that Christian Bale and Ben Foster have been in together.  The first one was 3:10 to Yuma (2007).  Ben Foster and Jesse Plemons were also in the movie The Program (2015) together.

Hostiles does an excellent job recreating the late 1800s in the “Old West.”  The set and costume design are spot on.

The film swiftly grasps your focus like a gut-wrenching kick to the stomach.  It knocks the wind out of you before slowing down to allow the story to unfold.  Like most Westerns, Hostiles runs at a slower pace.  The movie pauses to allow you to take in its surroundings.  The soundtrack and scenery contribute nicely to the overall dark tone of the film.  The characters are permitted to develop naturally as the actors are able to take their time to actually act.  Nothing is rushed.  The precision in the details makes the movie feel convincingly more real.

It’s a breath of fresh air to watch a movie, in this day and age, that doesn’t solely rely on special effects and action to tell the story while leaving acting and writing in the back seat.  Occasionally, Hostiles does feel a little slow, but I think that is just because of all the fast paced action that we are used to Hollywood throwing at us.  In this case, the longer the film goes on, the more you appreciate it for what it is.

Bale imposed his will upon this film with an eerie presence.  The presence of a war-torn honorable man who had been dragged through hell and forced to do terrible things to survive.  His acting is impeccable and he is allowed to shine in Hostiles.

Rosamund Pike gave a good performance.  She was not treated like a set decoration like so many actresses are, these days.

This film is unique because the characters seem to be put in situations where they react more to their environment.  The rough road that they are on can be seen in the actors’ eyes and felt on screen.

I do feel like some of the actors in this film were not used enough.  However, at the pace that the film travels, it could’ve been a much longer road had they not cut their time short.  I can see how this might have taken away from the story.  So, I like the direction that it ultimately went.

Overall, Hostiles is a darker, worthwhile Western with substance.  Christian Bale carries the film, but it’s obvious that Scott Cooper wanted it that way.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

 

If you enjoyed Hostiles, you might also like:

3:10 to Yuma (2007)

The Revenant (2015)

Dances with Wolves (1990)

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Out of the Furnace (2013)

 

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45 Best Action & Adventure Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014


45 Best Action & Adventure Movies on Netflix Watch Instantly January 2014

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If you are trying to find a good Action & Adventure movie to watch on Netflix Watch Instantly, then you probably should not look much further than this list.  After sifting through all of the Action & Adventure Movies that are currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly, the movies on this list are the best ones, in my opinion.

I have not reviewed all of the movies that are on this list, but if any of the titles are highlighted, then simply click on the title for a trailer, movie pictures, my rating, and my full review of that movie.  If you like what you see, check out the rest of my website.  As I review more films, I will add more links to this list.

Some of these movies are more action-packed than others, but according to Netflix, they are all classified as Action & Adventure.  Here is the list of the Best Action & Adventure Movies that Netflix Watch Instantly currently has to offer:

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End of Watch (2012)

The Boondock Saints Poster

The Boondock Saints (1999)

Warrior Poster

Warrior (2011)

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Jack Reacher (2012)

Pirates of the Caribbean The Curse of the Black Pearl Poster

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Terminator 2 Poster

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Equilibrium Poster

Equilibrium (2002)

Face Off Poster

Face/Off (1997)

The Italian Job Poster

The Italian Job (2003)

Narc Poster

Narc (2002)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance Poster

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Grey Poster

The Grey (2011)

Dances with Wolves Poster

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Dead Man Poster

Dead Man (1995)

The Hunger Games Poster

The Hunger Games (2012)

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol Poster

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)

The Score Poster

The Score (2001)

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Poster

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

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Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Seeking Justice Poster

Seeking Justice (2011)

Escape From Alcatraz Poster

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Red Dawn (1984) Poster

Red Dawn (1984)

Red Dawn (2012) Poster

Red Dawn (2012)

Skyfall Poster

Skyfall (2012)

Haywire Poster

Haywire (2011)

Dead Man Down Poster

Dead Man Down (2013)

The Expendables 2 Poster

The Expendables 2 (2012)

Ip Man Poster

Ip Man (2008)

The Last Stand Poster

The Last Stand (2013)

Shaft Poster

Shaft (2000)

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xXx (2002)

48 Hrs. Poster

48 Hrs. (1982)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Poster

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Breakdown Poster

Breakdown (1997)

The Untouchables Poster

The Untouchables (1987)

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Dredd (2012)

The Ghost and the Darkness Poster

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Beverly Hills Cop Poster

Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Tears of the Sun Poster

Tears of the Sun (2003)

Stolen Poster

Stolen (2012)

The Eiger Sanction Poster

The Eiger Sanction (1975)

The Crow Poster

The Crow (1994)

Killing Season Poster

Killing Season (2013)

Get The Gringo Poster

Get the Gringo (2012)

Parker Poster

Parker (2013)

If you enjoyed this list, check out the rest of my Netflix related material by clicking on the Netflix Related icon towards the top of your screen.  I’ll continue to add new lists, and of course, more movie reviews, new movie trailers, and everything movies, so check back often at www.brockingmovies.com Movies are what I do.