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.
Ben Foster ...
Chris Pine ...
Dale Dickey ...
William Sterchi ...
Buck Taylor ...
Kristin Berg ...
Jeff Bridges ...
Gil Birmingham ...
Keith Meriweather ...
Jackamoe Buzzell ...
Archer City Deputy
Katy Mixon ...
Amber Midthunder ...
Joe Berryman ...
Taylor Sheridan ...
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
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 David Mackenzie ("Young Adam"), who expertly executes both
the quieter and louder beats. Hell or High Water is easily one of the
year's best films.