DVD Review: HOSTILE

HOSTILE was written and directed by Mathieu Turi and stars Brittany Ashworth, Grégory Fitoussi and Javier BotetXavier Gens served as producer for the post apocalyptic horror-thriller.

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.

Hostile takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where most of the human race has been wiped out by this mysterious epidemic. The movie follows Juliette who ends up crashing her vehicle that leaves her injured and trapped in an isolated area with this creature circling her. Juliette is all alone and is left with very little hope for survival so she has to come up with ways to defend herself when this creature starts its attacks. In between each confrontation, more about the young woman’s past is revealed through flashbacks. We learn about some of her flaws as well as the relationship she once had with a man who cared about her unconditonally. As the movie plays out, Juliette finally comes up with a plan to permantly stop this terrifying creature and it ultimately comes with a shocking discovery.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Hostile ended up being one of the best post-apocalyptic thrillers we’ve gotten in a long time. The story was smart and the main character was interesting and fun to follow. After the crash, we learn so much more about her through flashbacks and it ultimately has a connection to what’s she’s now dealing with as she fights to stay alive. Even though Hostile is a low budget indie film, it plays like its one the big boys with its impressive execution. The deserted location was spot on because it offers up more of a sense of dread as well as claustrophobia because a lot of the scenes actually take place inside the crashed vehicle. I thought actress Brittany Ashworth did a great job with her character who’s left stranded fighting off a terrifying creature that keeps attacking her. First-time director Mathieu Turi has delivered a well-crafted post-apocapytic thriller that’s full of gloom and doom as well as heartache and he did a fantastic job bringing his story to life on screen. There’s also some impressive cinematography and make up effects in the movie to go along with that. Hostile will be available on DVD on September 4th and is definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended!

Distributor: 4Digital Media

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.9

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: N/A

 

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