A Steadfast Period Thriller Enters Dangerous Territory on Netflix

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Scott Cooper and Christian Bale have obviously struck up a strong working relationship, with Netflix’s horror-tinged literary adaptation pale blue eye marking their third collaboration overall and their second consecutive thriller over a period. Talking about that, Hostile has embarked on a trek into the dangerous territory of the platform’s most-watched list, and it’s not just about surviving, it’s about thriving.

According FlixPatrol, the intensely atmospheric western caused a stir on the global charts, even entering the Top 10 in the UK and Ireland. The story that follows the Bale soldier escorting a dying indigenous warlord and his family through dangerous territory to their tribal home is the kind of thing the genre has been throwing at audiences for decades, but accomplished direction and stunning cinematography elevate Hostile well above the formula.

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It helps that the cast is stacked top to bottom with talent, thanks to supporting turns from Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Stephan Lang, Jonathan Majors and countless others, while the shards Brutal shots of bloody violence and relentless gloom deliver jolts of excitement that paint everything in shades of gray and burgundy.

Hostile may not be one of the greatest westerns of the modern era, but the sprawling 133-minute epic certainly didn’t deserve a box office bombardment in December 2017, where it didn’t even failed to recoup the fairly modest budget of $39 million. . Fortunately, Netflix subscribers came to give it a second look and they were impressed with what they found.

Lucas E. Kelly