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Hell or High Water

September 5, 2016
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The film begins with two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), robbing a small-town branch of Midland National Bank, a minor bank chain in Texas.  Midland National Bank swindled their recently-deceased mother into getting a reverse mortgage and they have just foreclosed on the property.  The brothers have only a few days to come up with about $45,000 in order to keep the ranch.  Toby has devised an ingenious plan to rob enough branches of this corrupt and immoral bank to get the money to pay Midland back.  Tanner, an ex-convict, has robbed banks before and is the brawn of the operation.

After a couple of partly-bungled, but still successful, robberies, an experienced Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges), and his partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham), start out on their trail.  Marcus is about to retire and would like nothing more than one more arrest to punctuate his career.

The movie has an interesting plot.  It moves at a leisurely pace, but consistently holds your interest.  The screenplay is well-written (Taylor Sheridan of “Sicario” – worth renting if you missed it).  There’s also a fair amount of comic relief with Marcus teasing his half-Comanche partner and a scene in a diner with a crotchety old waitress.  Bridges is always good and Pine does a really fine job playing a man who is “light-years” away from Captain Kirk.

It’s not a “high-water” mark in filmmaking, but it’s the best drama out in the theaters now and good enough to see on the BS.

The film begins with two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), robbing a small-town branch of Midland National Bank, a minor bank chain in Texas.  Midland National Bank swindled their recently-deceased mother into getting a reverse mortgage and they have just foreclosed on the property.  The brothers have only a few days to come up with about $45,000 in order to keep the ranch.  Toby has devised an ingenious plan to rob enough branches of this corrupt and immoral bank to get the money to pay Midland back.  Tanner, an ex-convict, has robbed banks before and is the brawn of the operation. After a couple of partly-bungled, but still successful, robberies, an experienced Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges), and his partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham), start out on their trail.  Marcus is about to retire and would like nothing more than one more arrest to punctuate his career. The movie has an interesting plot.  It moves at a leisurely pace, but consistently holds your interest.  The screenplay is well-written (Taylor Sheridan of "Sicario" - worth renting if you missed it).  There's also a fair amount of comic relief with Marcus teasing his half-Comanche partner and a scene in a diner with a crotchety old waitress.  Bridges is always good and Pine does a really fine job playing a man who is "light-years" away from Captain Kirk. It's not a "high-water" mark in filmmaking, but it's the best drama out in the theaters now and good enough to see on the BS.

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Interesting Plot!

Off-Beat But Good Drama!
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I have loved the movies ever since I saw “The Wizard of Oz” as a young boy. When Beatle-mania hit the USA, Rock-N-Roll was my greatest passion, but I haven’t enjoyed the current music scene nearly as much over the past 15 years, so that void has been filled by film. In college and med school, I would see movies with my friends and we would stay up late into the night chatting about them. I still love seeing movies with friends and then having dinner to discuss them. This blog evolved out of my desire to tell my movie-loving friends about movies I thought they would enjoy. The blog allows me to do this in a fun way and to reach movie fans everywhere.

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