“Christian Bale is one of those actors who can easily tip into self-parody in the wrong role, but when he’s in sync with a filmmaker and the material is there, he can still surprise. He digs deep here, and watching the way he plays the gradual thaw for the protagonist of this Western is powerful,” writes Drew McWeeny.
Scott Cooper’s violent western also stars Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Timothée Chalamet, Adam Beach, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp and the great Rory Cochrane.
The latest from Scott Cooper (“Black Mass”) has Bale playing an army captain escorting an Indian chief from New Mexico to Montana. It will get a Dec. Oscar-run and a Jan. 2018 release.
The two movies, directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass) and Susanna White (Our Kind of Traitor), premiered at TIFF, one getting far more immediate attention than the other, but the simpler (and far less expensive) film ends up working better.
Scott Cooper directed the film, which co-stars Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Stephen Lang, Timothee Chalamet, Adam Beach, Bill Camp, Q’orianka Kilcher and Peter Mullan.