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An intelligent marketing campaign and button-pressing subject matter ensures that Sam Esmail’s Mr. Robot continues to one of the most buzzworthy shows lining USA Network’s slate, and that’s even factoring in the at times shaky sophomore season. But USA is cooking up several other exciting properties beyond the firewalls of Elliot Alderson’s shoddy abode.
Case in point: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie has become attached to Damnation, a period drama rooted in the America heartland during the 1930s. The outlet goes on to reveal that Mackenzie has boarded the project to helm the show’s pilot episode, before switching gears to produce the remainder of the season. THR didn’t disclose how many installments USA Network has mapped out, but we’ll keep you posted as more news emerges.
Mackenzie, meanwhile, stands as a fine candidate to help get Damnation off the ground. »
- Michael Briers
Ryan Lambie Sep 6, 2016
A blend of western and heist thriller, Hell Or High Water has one foot in the present and one in the past. Its rugged atmosphere recalls classic thrillers and dramas of the 1970s, yet its setting - among shuttered towns of a post-recession east Texas - is unmistakably modern. Its big skies and Stetsons recall classic westerns, yet its story, brilliantly written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) feels like a eulogy for a vanishing way of life.
Even the casting feels like a nod to both 70s and contemporary cinema. There are plenty of parallels between Hell Or High Water and Michael Cimino's 1974 thriller Thunderbolt And Lightfoot, not least the casting of Jeff Bridges. In Cimino's film, Bridges stole just about every scene as a live-wire outlaw »
For many years, British filmmaker David Mackenzie’s work had received most of its acclaim on the film festival circuit, whether it was his period drama Young Adam or the thriller Hallam Foe or the prison film Starred Up. These films had Mackenzie working with some of the finest actors in the United Kingdom, many of them early in their careers.
Mackenzie’s upcoming film Hell or High Water may finally get him attention on these shores. It’s a modern-day take on a Western starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster as Toby and Tanner, two brothers committing a crime spree, robbing small banks across Western Texas in order to save their mother’s farm. Hot on their heels is Jeff Bridges’ Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton, who is ready to retire but decides to solve this one last case with his partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham).
Many Australian filmmakers have played within the Western genre, »
- Edward Douglas
Our Hell Or High Water review is from the Cannes Film Festival, 2016.
Hell Or High Water review
David MacKenzie is gradually developing himself as being one of the most various, most exciting film-makers working today. After starting out with the likes of Young Adam with Ewan McGregor in 2003, before going on to the romantic drama Hallam Foe and then the hard-hitting Starred-Up in 2014, MacKenzie has dropped something quite different on Cannes with Hell and High Water, which plays in Un Certain Regard.
The film, set deep in the heart of west-Texas, revolves around two bungling bank robber brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), who must, over the course of a few days, get together around $40,000 to pay off debts relating to the estate of their late mother. »
- Paul Heath
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