I just saw Hell or High Water last night and rate it highly. This film was one of the better ones I have seen in 2016, and I haven’t seen that many.
How can you go wrong with Jeff Bridges? How? I don’t think you can. He is in that loveable curmudgeon era of his career. This character was reminiscent of his True Grit portrayal, but less drunk and less ugly. He’s a Texas Ranger who is going to retire in a few weeks on the trail of a couple of bank robbers. His equally funny and loveable Ranger sidekick, Alberto, is portrayed by Gil Birmingham. References to Archer City (The Last Picture Show) were not lost on this Bridges fan since Sea Hunt.
We are first introduced to two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) and both of the actors give standout performances. I know it’s odd, but I just kept thinking about William and Harry (the royals) when these two were together on screen. Chris Pine is the William (Toby) to Ben Foster’s Harry (Tanner). Toby is the older and smarter brother, while Tanner is a year out of a 10-year jail sentence for killing their abusive father. They live in West Texas and their mother just died. The land they own had a reverse mortgage and is in arrears. The brothers answer to their problems, devised by the smarter one—rob branches of the bank that holds the mortgage and get it paid off.
I have no desire to give away any spoilers, so the less said the better. I think this movie deserves many accolades. The film does expose the Catch-22 situation of many families in the past decade of life in the US as it relates to the haves and have nots. Our greedy capitalistic society is coming to a head and it just might explode. Or individuals just might take the law into their own hands to get their fair share.
Come hell or high water.