Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water

David Mackenzie (2016)

98min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
British director David Mackenzie (Starred Up) masters modern Americana like a native with this rustic noir. Scripted by Sons of Anarchy star Taylor Sheridan, who also wrote drug cartel thriller Sicario, the film invokes the spirit of the Coen brothers in a story of desperate men in desperate times. Set firmly in the shadow of the financial collapse of 2008, it sees two redneck brothers (Ben Foster and Chris Pine) teaming up to rob a series of banks in the Texas area. The boys are careful to cover their tracks but Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges is hard on their trail. It's a familiar story but one very well told, skewed by dry detail and snappy dialogue, scoring three top-notch performances with a great dustbowl soundtrack by Warren Ellis and Nick Cave.

Summary

Divorcee Toby Howard and his ex-con older brother Tanner embark on a meticulously-planned crime spree, hoping to rob every branch of the West Texas bank that has threatened to foreclose on their family ranch. However, they soon find themselves being pursued by two veteran Texas Rangers. Neo-western drama, starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster.

Cast & Crew

Tanner Ben Foster (1)
Toby Chris Pine
Marcus Hamilton Jeff Bridges
Alberto Parker Gil Birmingham
Jenny Ann Katy Mixon
Elsie Dale Dickey
Billy Rayburn Kevin Rankin
Mr Clauson William Sterchi
Director David Mackenzie
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing, a sex sceneAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Sep 2016
Drama