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Hell or High Water

  • Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
  • Director: David Mackenzie
  • Genre(s): Drama, Crime
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 102 min.

Two brothers—Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger—come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest law man and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family collide.

"The year’s most exhilarating film."
- Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Hell or High Water isn't just a great time at the movies, it's one of the year's best pictures."
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A soulful outlaw tale with a socioeconomic perspective and a rich sense of place."
- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"What Mackenzie has crafted here is a crowd-pleaser with undeniable art-house elements."
- Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Hell or High Water is a genre film that transcends genre, an iconic American tale that is nonetheless firmly grounded in both place and time. One of the best movies of the year."
- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Hot damn, this one's a goodie - a mesmerizing, modern-day western that moves with the coiled intensity of a rattlesnake ready to spring."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"All of the performers in this film, right down to the bit players, are quite good, but Bridges demonstrates yet again that he is one of the finest actors in America."
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Hell or High Water is a gripping heist drama keenly attuned to the outsider politics of our times."
- Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"Director David Mackenzie tells a sad story about desperate characters that is somehow as thrilling as it is heartbreaking."
- Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader
"Hell or High Water is a thrillingly good movie - a crackerjack drama of crime, fear, and brotherly love set in a sun-roasted, deceptively sleepy West Texas that feels completely exotic for being so authentic."
- Owen Gleiberman, Variety
"And Bridges? What's there to say about a man who makes it look so easy, and who - in one breathless, pivotal scene - runs through a range of emotion like a wild pony running across the land. Genius, any way you look at it."
- Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"By turns funny, elegiac and thrilling, it’s a tale of brotherhood and family that takes in the harsh beauty of the land, the elusive nature of right and wrong and the quirky delights of human connections in a time of bewildering change."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Hell or High Water is a terrific piece of entertainment.... It isn't a highbrow indie but a gritty work of art. Mackenzie's movie thrills for all the right reasons and will be fondly remembered at year's end."
- Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"You could freeze nearly any frame of Hell or High Water and you'd be looking at a work of art. It's stark and breathtaking and gorgeous to behold [...] With electrifying, graceful direction by David Mackenzie...a rich, darkly humorous and deeply insightful screenplay by Taylor Sheridan...and no fewer than four performances as good as anything I’ve seen onscreen this year, Hell or High Water is an instant classic modern-day Western, traveling down familiar roads but always, always with a fresh and original spin."
- Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

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