“Hell or High Water”- Review:

A divorcee father, Toby (Chris Pine) and his ex-con brother, Tanner (Ben Foster) stoop to robbing banks in order to save their mothers ranch.

Hell or High Water is a captivating thrill ride that keeps you on the edge of your seat. David Mackenzie directs the scenery of West Texas. The wide landscapes and rural farm town is shot beautifully by Mackenzie. I can’t talk enough about how breathtaking these visuals are. Mackenzie is due for a breakout after this.

The performances are phenomenal as expected. Ben Foster and Chris Pine knock it out of the park as the Howard brothers. Their relationship is flushed out and developed very well. You believe that no matter what happens that they would do whatever they have to do for each other. You believe their love for one another and that devotion that two brothers have. It was beautiful.

Jeff Bridges plays Ranger Hamilton in one of his best performances in a long time. He’s just one of those guys that will do whatever it takes to catch the bad guys. His determination and will power to chase the Howard brothers all over was refreshing to see. In a world where we question the police so much it was good to see someone so inspiring portrayed by a great actor. Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham) is his partner, and delivers a performance that isn’t getting a lot of praise. The dynamic between these two turns this into a buddy cop movie at times. It’s a change in pace for a movie that is pretty heavy throughout. You believe their relationship as two cops who want to do their state right.

Hell or High Water is a movie that flew under the radar for me. The bank robbery scenes, the epic action conclusion, and great performances make this one of the years best. The story grabs you and doesn’t let you go until the credits role. Make sure you give this one a watch.

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