Christian Bale escorts a Cheyenne family through dangerous territory in Scott Cooper’s (“Crazy Heart”) love letter to the classic John Ford Westerns.
1892 New Mexico: legendary Army Capt. Joe Blocker (Christian Bale) is tasked with safely escorting a dying Cheyenne chief home to sacred lands. After 20 years of violent struggle with these “hostiles,” this gesture of peace is as unthinkable as it is harrowing. Their journey grows more complicated with the meeting of a grief-stricken widow (Rosamund Pike), who has endured frontier violence at its most terrifying. Framed by the beautiful but unforgiving landscape, Scott Cooper’s (Crazy Heart, Black Mass) riveting adventure-drama is reminiscent of Western classics like John Ford’s The Searchers. Bale delivers one of his finest performances as a man forced to question lifelong beliefs as he travels an anguished road towards redemption. (US, 2017, 2h 7m)
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