In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Native American-descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Parts of Comancheria (the film's original title) were filmed in Clovis, NM, with residents of the city being used as extras. See more »
When Hamilton pulls up to the Archer City bank, he is told among the things taken was money from the cash drawer. But, that bank hadn't opened yet and they were told there was no money in the cash drawers and, upon inspection, found that to be true. So no money was taken from the cash drawer at Archer City. See more »
The first time I watched this, I turned it off at about the 5-minute mark. I thought it was another dumb movie about inept country-bumpkins, which would rely on a mixture of slapstick and overly-done sappy and violent scenes in order to create enough of a pull to keep at least some audience members somewhat entertained.
How wrong I was.
I finally sat down and watched it with friends who insisted it was not what it appeared to be within the first few minutes of the film.
Without giving too much away, and having to use a spoiler tag, Hell or High Water is a story about two brothers who after the death of their mother, organize a series of (justified?) bank robberies. What ensues is a catch-me-if-you-can scenario with the pursuing "law" hell-bent on catching them, and them hell-bent on not being caught. In short, it is a typical story of cops and robbers (or so you would think), with an atypical, uncommon and unconventional narrative.
Given the plot, the remote setting and the almost nostalgic atmosphere and ambiance of the film, it is honestly a miracle, and more than a pleasant surprise, just how very gratifying and outstanding this film actually is.
A definite must-watch.
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