It’s hardly new in its story – a pair of bank-robbing brothers hit various regional branches of the very bank that’s looking to foreclose on the small West Texas family ranch.
Yet, with near faultless performances, Hell Or High Water is a cracking drama oozing authenticity with more than a little commentary on the role of corporations in small town America. Chris Pine (Star Trek, The Finest Hours) and his ex-con brother Ben Foster (The Program, The Finest Hours) are polar-opposites down on their luck. A laconic, no-nonsense Jeff Bridges (True Grit, Crazy Heart) is the sheriff on their trail.
Imbued with a deep humanity, Taylor Sheridan’s (Sicario) script is pitch-perfect in its transference to the screen by British director David McKenzie (Starred Up, Young Adam).
One of the best films of the year.