Rosamund Pike and Christian Bale in a scene from “Hostiles.”
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There's hardly a soul in writer-director Scott Cooper's ambitious odyssey who isn't haunted by some gruesome incident of the past – cavalry officers who slaughtered and scalped untold numbers of natives; natives who slaughtered untold numbers of cavalry officers; the young settler family that goes from five members to one in the film's opening scene.Christian Bale leads a formidable ensemble cast as a U.S. cavalry officer, Capt.Actors like Bale, Pike, Studi and the rest of the cast elevate the dreariness of the script with compelling dramatic performances. Bale especially stands out as the gruff Blocker, whose layers start to be exposed as the story moves along. While she isn't given all that much to do, it is a treat to see actress Q'orianka Kilcher, who played Pocahontas opposite Bale in "The New World," back in a mainstream film.
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