A legendary Native American-hating Army captain nearing retirement in 1892 is given one last assignment: to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory back to his Montana reservation.
- Scott Cooper
- Scott Cooper
- Donald Stewart
Our Rating: 3/10 - fans of the genre will admire it. Cinematography is very good. Content and plot - not so much.
Watchability: 1/10 - what a depressing movie!!
Tagline: No peace without sacrifice
- Country: US
- Language: English
- Runtime: 134
- Budget: $55,000,000
- Revenue: $29,819,114
So, how does the movie end??
Captain Blocker (Bale) has terrible luck. You don't want him as your captain. After picking up Rosalee on the way, the troop are on the move when they are attacked by the crazy Comanches, which basically takes out a few more of his men. The Hawk family take it on themselves to sneak out of the camp that night and kill their common enemy.
They make it to the fort to get help for their injured man, and pick up a prisoner, Wills (Ben Foster), and new assignments.
With his remaining men, in the rain and guarding prisoner Wills, a young lieutenant allows him to escape and is shot in the head. Blocker's right hand man has had enough, and leaves to find Wills.
When Blocker gets the whole troop on the move, he soon finds Wills - tied to a tree and dead, and his own man who has taken his own life.
Soon, they set up camp again and the women go to fetch water ... where they are kidnapped by trappers. Blocker and his men track them down, and see that the women have been badly beaten. They sneak up on the bad guys, then try to quietly take them out but another one of his men dies - the Sergeant escort he picked up earlier.
Finally they reach Chief Yellow Hawk's ancestral land in Montana just before he dies. They build a funeral pyre, but Hershel from the Walking Dead rides over, and tells them they aren't welcome. There's twitchy trigger fingers, until a full blown shoot-out, where almost all fall from both sides - leaving just Blocker, Rosalee and Little Bear alive.
Later, recovered physically a little but no doubt traumatised for life, Blocker waves goodbye to Rosalee and Little Bear who are boarding a train for pastures new in Chicago. He changes his mind at the last second and jumps onto the back of the train as it chugs away.