(2017) (Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A late 19th century cavalry officer is forced to escort his former Indian enemy, now terminally ill, and that man's family from the New Mexico prison where they've been held for years back to their homeland in Montana.
- It's 1892 and Joe Blocker (CHRISTIAN BALE) is a renowned cavalry officer who's nearing retirement, and has left a swath of dead Native Americans in his wake. But now he's been tasked with an assignment he can't stomach. And that's transporting his former enemy, Cheyenne chief Yellow Hawk (WES STUDI), from the New Mexico prison where's he been held for years -- alongside that man's son, Black Hawk (ADAM BEACH), daughter-in-law, Elk Woman (Q'ORIANKA KILCHER), daughter, Living Woman (TANAYA BEATTY), and grandson Little Bear.
The reason for the release not only stems from Yellow Hawk being terminally ill, but also a direct order from the President of the United States. Facing a court martial and loss of his pension should he refuse, Joe reluctantly accepts the order. Accompanying him are longtime friends and fellow soldiers, Master Sergeant Thomas Metz (RORY COCHRANE) and Corporal Henry Woodson (JONATHAN MAJORS), along with the younger Lieutenant Rudy Kidder (JESSE PLEMONS) and Private Philippe DeJardin (TIMOTHEE CHALAMET).
Things become more complicated when they come across the site of a Comanche attack where the only survivor is Rosalie Quaid (ROSAMUND PIKE) whose husband and three children were murdered in front of her. Suffering from PTSD, she isn't happy to see the Indians in Joe's travel contingent, but with no other options, she joins them. Further along the way, they're joined by Sergeant Malloy (RYAN BINGHAM) who's been tasked with escorting prisoner Sergeant Charles Wills (BEN FOSTER) -- who once worked alongside Joe but recently murdered an innocent family in cold blood -- to his likely point of execution. As they make their way on their long trek, they must contend with repeated run-ins with the Comanche and others who aren't happy to see them.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might be drawn if they're fans of anyone in the cast or have some interest in movies featuring the old west.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong violence, and language.
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