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Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A solidly crafted, well-acted Western heist thriller that eschews mindless gunplay in favor of confident pacing and full-bodied characters.

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CAST:
Ben Foster ... Tanner Howard
Chris Pine ... Toby Howard
Dale Dickey ... Elsie
William Sterchi ... Mr. Clauson
Buck Taylor ... Old Man
Kristin Berg ... Olney Teller
Jeff Bridges ... Marcus Hamilton
Gil Birmingham ... Alberto Parker
Keith Meriweather ... Rancher
Jackamoe Buzzell ... Archer City Deputy
Katy Mixon ... Jenny Ann
Amber Midthunder ... Vernon Teller
Joe Berryman ... Bank Manager
Taylor Sheridan ... Cowboy
Howard Ferguson Jr. ... Vernon PD Officer



Hell or High Water
In this R-rated crime-drama, a divorced dad (Chris Pine) and his ex-con brother (Ben Foster) resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family's farm in West Texas. Not only is this a well paced and well executed thriller, but this is also a film that is more concerned with human drama than with constant action.
 
The all-star cast, consisting of Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Gil Birmingham, and Jeff Bridges, all bring a surprising level of humanity and depth to their characters. Fortunately, their talents are not wasted on a script that is not deserving of them. At its core, Hell or High Water is not only a story about greed, but also an intelligent commentary on class in America and how the country's foundation ultimately contributes to the  growing gap between classes.
 
Hell or High Water occasionally sacrifices characterization with heavy-handed monologues, but with the exception of some lacking subtlety at points, it has a terrific screenplay, ably handled by director ("Young Adam"), who expertly executes both the quieter and louder beats. Hell or High Water is easily one of the year's best films.
 
 
 






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