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frankqb

Ultimately a film about power struggles between the poor and the structures that maintain the status quo, Hell or High Water is a satisfying crime spree film with rich political overtones right down to the subtle colour coding of the white hats and black hats like an old Western. The film deftly speaks to the state of the state of Texas and how the oppression of those who have nothing is nothing new.

Lit up by a career-changing performance by Chris Pine, this is a fascinating film with great visuals and solid editing as well.

4 stars
7 years 10 months ago
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Sarcastic Miss Know-It-All

Really solid movie, interesting characters, great performances, engaging storyline and beautiful cinematography. But ultimately, it didn't make me feel all that much, unlike other award-season movies of this year.
7 years 7 months ago
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Siskoid

Hell or High Water tells the story of two brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) robbing banks in West Texas small towns to save their family ranch before it's repossessed by the very bank they're stealing from. Jeff Bridges is the U.S. Marshal on the verge of retirement tracking them. Great performances all around, with some solid, authentic work from guest players who are obviously local people. A real sense of place inhabits the film despite being filmed in New Mexico (I was reminded of my time in Central Texas), as well as a sense of the times we live in, with a rundown economy and financial anxiety on everyone's lips. You care for the criminal protagonists not just because they have great chemistry, but because they are trying to break a cycle of poverty perpetrated by the real, and generally faceless, villains of the story. Because the cops are sympathetic too, and you definitely get where they're coming from. By turns funny and dramatic, definitely topical and yet universal, this is among my favorite films seen this year.
7 years 8 months ago
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CorPse

Solid, with moments of real excellence, but not without its flaws.
7 years 11 months ago
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poppunknerd182

At least MrDoog admits he hasn't been paying attention this year.
7 years 8 months ago
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Clintmwells

Loved it. The acting all around was excellent.
7 years 7 months ago
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heat_

Not a masterpiece but well executed, not a must watch but not a waste of time as well.
6 years 11 months ago
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catherinefrances

This movie is strong and the characters are interesting, however I felt this film wasn't for me and I couldn't truly appreciate it.
7 years 6 months ago
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toopsy

the cinematography, the colors...I'm in love with Texas!
6 years 11 months ago
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Slylingual24

The second amendment is strong in this one.

I agree with Corpse
7 years 7 months ago
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Earring72

Solid drama with good acting but TOTALLY familiair and predictable.
7 years 3 months ago
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Realenur

Grand Theft Auto V - the movie!
7 years 7 months ago
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KaramAkerfeldt

Boring.
7 years 2 months ago
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