Thursday, January 25, 2018

Hostiles Review - 2 Stars

Christian  Bale, a turn-of-the-century U.S. Cavalry officer, escorts a dying Cheyenne Chief (Wes Studi) from New Mexico to Montana in 'Hostiles." This journey will force the career Indian fighter to reconsider his long-held beliefs and opinions of American Indians. "Hostiles" aims to give the Cowboys & Indians plot a conscience. Rosamund Pike joins the group, after a group of Indians slaughter her entire family. During the journey, Bale and his group must fight the elements and unfriendly attacks. They receive life-saving help in battle with the Chief (played by the great character Wes Studi) and his family. Bale and Pike emerge changed and enlightened at the end of their travels. "Hostiles" takes its time. I kept waiting for a spark that never comes. "Hostiles" has good acting and beautiful scenery. It has a tried-and-true plot about travel, danger and consciousness raising. It cares, but comes together. "Hostiles," 2 stars, rated "R." Does it deliver what it promises? Slow western. Is it entertaining? Disappointing. Is it worth the price of admission? Not quite.