Hostile (2018) reviews and overview

 
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Hostile is a 2018 French science fiction horror feature film written and directed by Mathieu Turi (Meander), making his feature debut. It was co-produced by Xavier Gens (Cold Skin; Frontier(s)The ABCs of Death segment: ‘X Is for XXL’). The movie stars Brittany Ashworth, Grégory Fitoussi and Javier Botet.

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Plot:

After a worldwide epidemic, most of the planet’s population is killed. Only a few thousand have survived and are struggling to find food and shelter. But they’re not alone: they have to hide from strange creatures that go hunting at night.

Juliette, a young woman whose life has taught her to handle things on her own, is the only one in her group to have the guts to go anywhere near cities to find food. Unfortunately, on her way back to the camp one afternoon, she loses control as she’s driving. She wakes up upside down, stuck in her car with a broken leg, in the middle of the desert, and it’s nighttime…

Reviews [contain spoilers]:

“It takes a certain level of hostility to survive the travails of life and love, so why should the zombie apocalypse be any different? A wonderfully haunting tale that is steeped in flashbacks to real-life drama, Hostile does a lot with very little, formulating a story that is as unique as its magnificently creep-tastic creatures.” Cryptic Rock

“Even though Hostile hits bumps impeding immersion in its fiction, inventive craftsmanship enables it to be more easily appreciated as a movie. Writer/director Mathieu Turi works overtime to make a slim concept as cinematic as creatively possible considering all of the restrictive logistics working against the production.” Culture Crypt

“Without being too spoilery, we are duty-bound to warn viewers Hostile ends with a ludicrous howler. Turi does his best to lay the emotional groundwork for it, but the sheer unlikeliness of the circumstances makes it a real head-shaker. Nevertheless, the work of Ashworth and Fitoussi deserves some notice.” J.B. Spins

Main cast:

  • Brittany Ashworth
  • Grégory Fitoussi
  • Javier Botet
  • Andreas Pliatsikas
  • Jay Benedict
  • Rob Tunstall
  • Richard Meiman
  • Gary Napoli
  • Laura D’Aristi
  • Aton Adam

Filming locations:

New York City, New York
Paris, France
Ouarzazate, Morocco

Trivia:

This film should not be confused with the 2014 film of the same title.

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