Hell or High Water
A Hell of a Good Film
Hell or high Water may not have the most original of storylines, but it is a finely crafted thriller, with excellent acting, a well-written script and sharp direction. I am a sucker for road movies where the protagonists hit the backstreets of America, in search of something better than where they are. There is a freeing in these stories; something Easy Rider hit upon many moons ago. Whether they are escaping the law, heading back home, or just looking for somewhere better than where they were, these movies, I think hit a common nerve for so many of us looking for more.
Problem is, a wise old, almost retired Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges, who is solid as an oak in this role) and his patient partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham) have been assigned to this case of random small bank jobs where the robbers are only taking the loose cash. Marcus sees a pattern and is more than happy to take his partner on a road trip, tracking these thieves, as he staves off retirement. The rapport between these two is fantastic, as Marcus tortures his half Indian, half Mexican partner with racially inappropriate jokes.(Bridges) the character could be the more vocal, boisterous brother of (Tommy Lee Jone's Sheriff) in the (Coen Brother's masterpiece: No Country for Old Men).They are wonderful.
(Pine) and (Foster) are also fantastic in the two lead roles, playing brothers who love each other deeply, even though they are very different.( Pine) as the brooding Toby, who didn't amount to much but has a good heart, does a great job of conveying a man who is resigned to his fate, but will do the right thing for his kids. (Foster) is a hoot, mixing some truly funny deliveries with a hint of menace. He too knows where he is going. These actors dig into the roles. The script by actor/writer (Taylor Sheridan) who also wrote the excellent (Sicario) is spot on in its beat between characters. The cinematography, direction, and music is also a huge plus, adding to the pitch perfect tone this film creates. This film was nominated for best picture of 2016 and it deserved it. Hell or High Water is fabulous.
You should see this movie.
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