(Brittany Ashworth, Grégory Fitoussi, Javier Botet , et al / DVD / TV-14 / 2018 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: Juliette (Brittany Ashworth), a lone survivor of an apocalyptic era, fights to survive against hunger, thirst, a broken leg and strange, disturbing creatures that only come out at nighttime.
DVD Verdict: From the off, you should know that there are actually two stories to be found here in the intriguing, and well shot 'Hostile.'
Firstly, there is the backdrop, the continuing cinemascape of a devastating apocalypse (one in which a worldwide epidemic has killed most of the planet's population), and secondly, a love story told in flashbacks style.
Sure, if you're like me, all this flashback stuff can make concentrating on the story's current time line all that much more harder to accomplish, but here in 'Hostile,' well, let's just say that without it the movie wouldn't be half as good.
A tad bit over dramatic in places for it's own good, lead actress Brittany Ashworth AS Juliette is quite brilliant in her role, that's for damn sure. Selling her new found predicament scene by scene, inclusive of when she is on her way back to her base camp from a scavenging mission, she has a terrible accident (where she subsequently finds herself stuck in her car with a broken leg), are heroine has to battle so much more alone there in the dark than she ever dreamed could exist.
Struggling now with not only the fact that she once thought she was all alone in the world, but now has seemingly angry, always curious, and now with very, very dangerous "creatures" persecuting her, Juliette's landscape of an unforgiving desert in her post-apocalyptic world fast becomes overwhelming.
That said, here in Mathieu Turi's feature film debut, the whole story of Juliette (inclusive of those aforementioned flashbacks of love) bring us into her world, into her strong mindset and allow us to root for her from the off.
We watch as she, more than once, struggles to survive, and grit our teeth also when she winces in pain. Mostly a one-woman-act here, she controls everything around her with raw, determined, gritty style and as much as the (so-called surprise twist) ending is, for my money, not justified for such dedicated viewer involvement, overall, 'Hostile' is highly recommended. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
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