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Hell or High Water (2016)

US 102m, Colour
Director: David Mackenzie; Cast: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, Marin Ireland

hell-or-high-waterA beautifully filmed and original contemporary western, Hell or High Water is the violent story of two brothers who rob branches of a local Texas bank to raise money to settle the debt of their deceased mother’s reverse mortgage. As a powerful commentary on class struggle the film’s anti heroes practice a form of frontier justice which is aimed at a corrupt financial system. Unfortunately, the Texas Rangers who are simply attempting to uphold justice, get caught in the crossfire (Klaus Ming January 2017).

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2 comments on “Hell or High Water (2016)

  1. SJHoneywell
    02/12/2017

    I just watched this tonight and liked it quite a bit. It feels like it’s touching on some of the same ideas, or at least the same people as something like No Country for Old Men, but also feels entirely new. It’s a smart screenplay, and I always appreciate that.

    • Klaus
      02/13/2017

      Agreed, No Country for Old men has come up in conversations with a few other film friends. Definitely a similar vibe.

      This was the first of the Oscar nominees that I’ve watched, and is probably the best of the lot.

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