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New Mexico, 1892: Just as his last assignment, the deserving officer Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) should fulfill his last wish to die at home for the sick Cheyenne chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi). The officer and the Indian who spent the last few years in prison have a common past, which is why Blocker only hates the dying man. But he has to follow the instructions to bring him and his family into his old tribal area. On the way there, Blocker and his troops encounter the desperate Rosalie Quaid (Rosamund Pike), whose entire family was slaughtered by Comanches. She joins the group because she won't be able to survive on her own. And even Blocker must gradually realize that they will only survive this difficult journey if he puts his hatred aside and keeps them all together…
For his latest film".Finde - Hostiles" the award-winning director Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart") has once again teamed up with main actor Christian Bale, from whom he could already elicit a great performance in the drama "An eye for an eye". He also succeeds in doing this again in this western, whereby even more than in Scott's previous films, further aspects play into the extremely positive impression the work leaves behind. The story is not only carried by strong actors like Bale or Rosamund Pike. The great camera work of Masanobu Takayanagi and the atmospheric music of Max Richter also make the rather conventional story about revenge, guilt and forgiveness a great cinematic experience.
The speed at which the story is told could, however, be very annoying for some viewers. So there are a few dialogue scenes, which drag themselves extremely into the length. It's not uncommon to ask oneself whether a few cuts and about 15 minutes less would not have done the film any good. On the other hand, the slowness contributes a lot to the special atmosphere of the movie and makes the more "action-packed", sometimes surprisingly brutal sequences even more intense. Nevertheless, some of the tough conversations only illustrate how broken Blocker's troop is, marked by years of fighting and killing. However, the movie also makes this quite clear without many words, which is why some cuts wouldn't have harmed the overall picture.
"Finde - Hostiles" is therefore more of an Arthaus-Western than entertaining popcorn entertainment. You should know this before buying a cinema ticket. But if you want to be intoxicated by good actors, great pictures and a thrilling story, you've come to the right place. All in all, there are still some restrictions: Absolutely worth seeing!
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