Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike star in the recently released Western film “Hostiles”. The movie details a U.S. Cavalry officer who is forced to escort an ailing Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their homeland in Montana in the late 1800s. Along their journey, they discover a lone woman whose family was brutally murdered by the Comanche Native Americans.
The world premiere of the film was in September 2017 at the Telluride Film Festival. The film was previewed at the Toronto Film Festival the following week. “Hostiles” was screened as a limited release in the U.S. beginning on December 17, 2017 and was expanded to wide release on January 26, 2018.
The film has been regarded as an accurate portrayal of the brutality as well as the humanity of the Native American culture. The story is a reminder of the genocide of the Native American tribes during this time in history and how the onset of the Industrial Revolution forced people off of their native lands. Although the choice of the title “Hostiles” might lead some to believe that the film is a representation of the manner in which the U.S. government treated the Native American people, the film’s underlying message is that everyone is a hostile in some way. Through its plot and emotional performances, the film explores both sides of the conflict and aims to be a snapshot of America during the late 1800s.Categories: Native American, Native American History