Hell or High Water
Sometimes a blind pig finds a truffle
Village Jam Factory - Sunday 30 October 2016, 11:00am
Running time: 102m
Country: United States
Classification: MA5+ (Strong violence)
Release date: 27/10/16
Rating: 8/10 (ME 4.5/5, DP 3.5/5)
Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) are brothers trying to hold on to the family ranch by any means possible. Holding up local banks, the brothers are ruthless, determined and flawed. Close to retirement, state trooper Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) waits patiently for them to make a mistake.
Hell or High Water is an intense and sophisticated cops and robbers drama... and so much more. The performances are amazing, and the script (though it felt deliberate and lacking in spontaneity at times) provided the perfect framework for some impressive acting. The cinematography is stunning and every frame is carefully crafted to provide a depth to the story beyond the script. I didn't want to blink. There are two individual yet intertwined stories taking place, and the inevitable collision between them brings a resolution that is satisfying despite its incompleteness.
In many ways it's a film about waiting for justice, redemption and resolution as empathy shifts cleverly from character to character while you guess and second-guess how you feel about each of them. But most of all it's a film that will linger with long after the final credits; it's uncomfortable and disturbing with a tone of hopelessness hanging in the air. Not an easy film, but well worth the effort required to watch it. Recommended.
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