A film by Scott Cooper
Cast: Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper, Christian Bale
Capt. Joseph J. Blocker (Christian Bale) one of America’s best is reluctant but agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family to his land in Montana so he can peacefully died of cancer and buried there.
The beginning of the film the directors takes you in the 1800’s where a man and his family of three kids and wife are peacefully minding their own business. But when suddenly a bunch of indians wants their horses and set fire to their ranch, so the husband defends his territory as the woman and kids runs away. no one is spared but the woman escape. That is the first part. the second part is going to collide and fits in the first part beautifully well.
Now the other part of the story is that Capt. Blocker who hates Indians because he lost so may of his friends who was killed by Indians. He wants them dead. The thing is here is that the Indians where here first so the white man here decided to get rid of the Indians and get their land which creates their monstrous massacre . To them they are savages. Here is a man who has a lot of anger and have seen violence for seven years. Christian Bale here incarnates beautifully well his character so as his the cast: Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Scott Wilson, Q’orianka Kilcher and Timothee Chalamet. So he goes on his journey where it is going to be dangerous and a detour will come his way. Taking a bunch of his men with them, are they going to make it alive?
It becomes evident later on the journey where Blocker recovers his humanity by learning to tolerate the Indians . It is a question of redemption. The gorgeous look is by cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi. Also the film here is staying true to history where as the costumes and the design are authentic. It is a bit like a vintage western like they used to make in the old days. Here is a sincere and intelligent, well written script where the mission is doomed from the start.