Following his critically-acclaimed prison drama, Starred Up, British director David Mackenzie returns with a similarly gritty heist thriller, Hell or High Water. Trading barred walls for Texan plains, the film follows two brothers (Ben Foster and Chris Pine) as they embark on a desperate spree of bank robberies to save their family farm. Jeff Bridges co-stars as the wily, wolf-howling ranger on their tail.
The actor and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, best known for his work on Sicario and TV’s Sons of Anarchy, constructs a complex portrait of a family offset by crime, dysfunction and loss. A sentimental vignette of the unbreakable bond between brothers and the frailty of smalltown USA, Hell or High Water promises plenty action and slick neo-western thrills but is above all an ode to protecting one’s own flock at any cost. Watch the bullet-filled hustle and bustle unfold above and let us know what you think at @LWLies
Published 15 Aug 2016
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