Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Adam Beach, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Q’orianka Kilcher
Western period drama directed and co-written by Scott Cooper, which centers on embittered and battle-hardened US Cavalry officer Captain Joseph Blocker (Christian Bale) who is ordered to accompany a Cheyenne war chief, Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi), and his family back to their tribal lands in Montana. This mission is a particularly bitter pill to swallow for Blocker as Yellow Hawk has been his mortal enemy for years due to a conflict that killed many of Blocker’s friends. The Chief has also lost friends in the conflict.
Setting out through dangerous territory, much of it inhabited by hostile tribes, the small band of soldiers and Cheyenne navigate the beautiful prairies and wilds of the west, while facing a series of challenges. As the challenges mount, Blocker is forced to confront his own bigotry while carrying out his orders. To complicate matters, the party is joined by a stricken widow, Rosalie Quaid (Rosamund Pike), who has just seen her family massacred in a raid.
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Commanding Officer: [to Blocker] Captain, you do know Chief Yellow Hawk. The army wants to be certain that the Chief gets home to Montana safely without incident.
[referring to Yellow Hawk]
Captain Joseph J. Blocker: He’s a butcher.
Blocker’s Superior: Then the two of you will get along just fine.
Captain Joseph J. Blocker: I’ve killed savages because that’s my job. You have no idea what war does to men. I hate him. I got a war bag of reasons to hate him.
Commanding Officer: [to Blocker] This will be done and it will be done by you.
Captain Joseph J. Blocker: For the thing which I greatly feared has come upon me, and that which I was afraid of, is come on to me.
Philip Wills: [to Blocker] I don’t know how you’ve done it all these years, seeing all the things you’ve seen and all the things you’ve done. It makes you feel inhuman after a while.
Philip Wills: [to Blocker] We both know this could easily be you sitting here in these chains.
[referring to Yellow Hawk]
Captain Joseph J. Blocker: The parades over?
Corporal Henry Woodson: I’ve put him in chains.
Rosalie Quaid: Do you believe in the Lord, Joseph?
Captain Joseph J. Blocker: Yes, I do, Mrs. Quaid. But he’s been blind to what’s going on out here for a long time.
Sgt. Thomas Metz: Now, I’ve killed everything that’s walked or crawled. If you do it enough you get used to it.
Soldier: That’s what I’m afraid of.
Rosalie Quaid: If I did not have faith what would I have?
Captain Joseph J. Blocker: You’ve just got to take your dues.
Rosalie Quaid: Sometimes I envy the finality of death, the certainty. And I have to drive those thoughts away when I waken.
Captain Joseph J. Blocker: Understand this, when we lay our heads down out here, we’re all prisoners.
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