Hell or High Water

We are pretty much suckers for any movie with Jeff Bridges. He just seems to dissolve into any of the characters he plays.  He does not disappoint in Hell or High Water.

Beautifully filmed in current day west Texas, writer Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) uses the expansive landscape to tell a well-developed story of a divorced father, Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his hot-headed, ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster) who resort to a do-or-die bank robbery scheme to save their family’s decrepit ranch as a legacy for Toby’s estranged children.

On their trail is Texas Sheriff, Marcus Hamilton (Bridges) who is just days from retirement and his younger, multi-ethnic partner, Alberto Parker (a wonderful Gil Birmingham).

The film is original, colorful, and packed with memorable characters.  It is powerfully punctuated with images that are evocative of the boom/bust economic cycle that has made ghost towns of once vibrant communities and human detritus of it all.

Hell or High Water is a bit slow to get going but hang in.  You (and your date) will be in for a treat.  This is intelligent film making that will get its hooks into you.

And just so you don’t think we are being overly laudatory because of some kind of Big Lebowski aura, as of October 3, Hell or High Water passed “The Witch” to become the highest-grossing independent film of the year,with $25.8 million in the till and counting.  Be part of it!

 

 

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