Captain Joseph Blocker (a stellar Christian Bale) is nearing the end of a respected military career when he’s given an assignment he can’t refuse: Escort an ailing Native prisoner, Chief Yellowhawk (Wes Studi), up to his Montana homeland to die. Bearing deep-simmering resentments against Natives, Blocker detests the idea of providing safe passage to a man he views as a cold-blooded murderer. But as the men’s journey into the 1890s American West becomes more perilous, and as they’re joined by a flinty woman (Rosamund Pike) who’s endured untold grief, ideas about who are the aggressors and who are the victims come into question. Scott Cooper deftly mounts this Western masterpiece, with a knockout supporting cast that includes Ben Foster, Q’orianka Kilcher, Jesse Plemons, Peter Mullan and Rory Cochrane.
Scott Cooper is an actor, writer, director and producer. He is best known for writing, directing and producing the 2009 film CRAZY HEART, which received honors from the Chicago Film Critics Association, Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Writers Guild of America. Later credits include OUT OF THE FURNACE (AFI FEST 2013) and BLACK MASS (2015).