A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.
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 Indian descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Was originally titled "COMANCHERIA" but was changed after a title competition between interns at one of the production companies. The title that won was "HELL OR HIGH WATER". However, in some countries (like Spain) the title is "Comanchería", probably because the pun within the original title does not translate properly. See more »
Toby and Tanner rob the first two banks together. While having lunch that same day, Tanner robs the third bank. Toby chastises Tanner saying he put them a day behind meaning they will have to rob two banks on Wednesday. This establishes that Toby and Tanner robbed the first three banks on Monday, spent that night at the casino, visited Toby's attorney on Tuesday, and robbed the last bank on Wednesday. Toby then paid off the loan on Thursday as instructed by his attorney. Also on Tuesday, Toby asked his son if he was back in school. His son said they were only doing 'two-a-days' (football practice). Since football season starts in late August, this establishes that the story takes place in early-mid August.
While at the casino 'cleaning' the money, Toby tells Tanner he's going to 'watch the Aggies (presumably Texas A&M) game'. Given that no major college sports are played in the month of August, exactly which Aggies game was Toby watching? See more »
The American western seems to be slowly making a comeback in recent years. With films such as The Rover, Slow West and True Grit there have been some interesting and unique approaches to this old genre. Hell or High Water fits right in with these mentioned films by containing a lot of comedy, engaging characters, and no holds barred violence.
Chris Pine and Ben Foster as the bank-robbing brothers share great chemistry and draw sympathy from the audience with compelling performances. Jeff Bridges stands out however as the hardened cop tasked to track down the brothers. His racist slurs and aggravated man persona works perfectly with his gravely, yet genuine voice and he finds perfect timing in his comedic delivery.
The music, done by Nick Cave is also perfect. After crafting one of the greatest scores with Assassination of Jesse James, he gets pretty close to that here with very foreboding and meditative music. Especially right before the big showdown.
And when it all goes down, the film will have you on the edge of your seat. It doesn't hold anything back and people die out of nowhere. It's very realistic and is worth the tension filed build up.
Hell or High Water is a surprisingly great American western.
Hell or High Water (2016) Directed by: David Mackenzie Screenplay by: Taylor Sheridan Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster Run Time: 1 hour 42 minutes
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