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Hell or High Water

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2016
  • David Mackenzie
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

Crime drama starring Ben Foster, Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges. Toby and his loose-cannon brother Tanner put aside their differences to carry out a series of robberies. They target branches of the Texas Midlands Bank, an institution that is threatening to foreclose on their family farm. However, the predictable nature of the thefts allows a veteran ranger to second-guess their moves.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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 lawman 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.

Credits

Cast

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TannerBen Foster (1)
TobyChris Pine
Marcus HamiltonJeff Bridges
Alberto ParkerGil Birmingham
Jenny AnnKaty Mixon
ElsieDale Dickey
Billy RayburnKevin Rankin
Mr ClausonWilliam Sterchi

Crew

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DirectorDavid Mackenzie

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2016-09-09
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, a sex scene
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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