I’m sure there will be those that disagree, but I found this to be one of the best “westerns” I’ve seen in 10 years. Before I get attacked for that statement, I do not classify Django as a “western.” However, this film does edge out Hateful Eight and Magnificent Seven. If you feel that I forgot something better, please let me know!
The story is set out in West-Texas. If you’ve ever been there, I’m sure you decided you probably aren’t going back. It tells the account of two brothers – neither of which with much going for them. Yet what they do have, is under the threat of bank foreclosure. Logically, the only thing they can do is rob banks, and they’re damn good at it.
Hell or High Water has fantastic actors. Whether it’s Jeff Bridges delivering racist Native-American jokes, Chris Pine somberly contemplating, or Ben Foster acting truly deranged, they all hit it out of the park. Ben Foster always makes it on my list as one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. He shined in a poorly adapted, yet still great (in my opinion) Alpha Dog, 3:10 to Yuma, and Lone Survivor. Chris Pine surprised me, I’m not a huge fan of the Star Trek reboots and I’ve never been too impressed by him, but he performed well.
I thought the cinematography was also a high point of this film. They really captured what it feels like to live in West Texas. The run down small towns, ruined by banks and city seekers, or even just the plains covered in sand and dirt. Every inch was shot in a way that made this part of the country come to life, as if almost to inform to outsiders that life like this exists.
IMDB has Hell or High Water rated as a 7.7/10. I rated this film an 8/10. I believe when I first saw this movie the rating was somewhere around 8.1. What potentially happened is more people found this film after it received some Oscar mentions. Not that more ratings aren’t a good thing, but this film doesn’t exactly resonate with the normal Oscar fan. However if you enjoy action, a sense of modern country, and some comedy – then this is worth your time!
Full IMDB ratings…just in case you can’t wait for a review!