Hostile (2017) Review: A Heartbreaking And Beautiful Tragedy
Hostile is the directorial debut of writer/director Mathieu Turi. The film stars Brittany Ashworth (The Crucifixion 2017), Gregory Fitoussi (World War Z 2013), and Javier Botet (Mama 2013).
Hostile (Dai Dich Song Con) is the story of Juliette (Ashworth), a young woman who survived the apocalypse. While on a supply run and struggling to make it back before nightfall. She wrecks her vehicle, leaving her trapped with a broken leg as night rapidly approaches and cannibalistic creatures come out to feed. As she battles hunger, thirst, her broken body and the cannibals and creatures outside her vehicle, she begins to have flashbacks to life before the apocalypse, most of which revolve around her meeting and subsequent relationship with Jack (Fitoussi). Their relationship has its ups and downs and they both have their faults, but for the most part, they are a sweet and happy couple… at least, until things outside of their control conspire to tear them apart.
I felt that the juxtaposition of the past and present worked well, giving a welcome reprieve from Juliette’s claustrophobic situation. If you don’t like romance and drama in your horror films. Hostile will most likely turn you off as the romance of the past takes up just as much screen time – if not more – than the horror elements. For me, this element helped cement the reasoning behind why Juliette had the strength to keep fighting after losing everything. It allows us to see Juliette at her strongest. But also at her most vulnerable, which makes the ending even more heartbreaking.
Brittany Ashworth kicked ass as Juliette, portraying her past addiction and loss with sadness, gaining audience sympathy while never looking like a victim. For the scenes in the present. She imbued Juliette with a sense of defiant strength in the face of every life-threatening situation thrown at her. Javier Botet, as usual, does an excellent job as the creature, effortlessly moving from menacing to bloodthirsty to scared and vulnerable. It this ability that makes Botet an excellent creature performer, on par with Doug Jones.
Hostile (phim kinh di 2020) is a film I hoped would offer something different in the post-apocalyptic genre, which it did in spades. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and was met with a heartbreaking and beautiful tragedy. If you are looking for something a little different. And don’t mind drama and romance mixed with your horror. Than you should give Hostile a shot. Highly recommended.
A worldwide epidemic has killed most of the planet’s population. The few survivors struggle to find food and shelter. But they are not alone. On her way back from a scavenging mission, Juliette (Brittany Ashworth) has a terrible accident. Stuck in her car, with a broken leg, in the middle of an unforgiving desert, she must survive the perils of the post-apocalypse, while a strange creature prowls around.
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By: Mathieu Turi
Written By: Mathieu Turi
On Disc/Streaming: Sep 4, 2018
Runtime: 83 minutes
Studio: Sony Home Entertainment, 4Digital Media