‘Hell or High Water’ overflows with cinematic greatness

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 5:27 PM
‘Hell or High Water’ overflows with cinematic greatness by Gabriel Hypes

For the most part, “Hell or High Water” leaves the viewer on his or her toes, waiting for what is to happen next.

A true Texas western, reminiscent of best picture winner “No Country for Old Men,” the film packs in everything one could ask for from a crime drama. Robbery, death, sex, but really, no love interest. Everyone truly seems to hate each other with the exception of the brothers and it sets a great tone for the whole film.

“Hell or High Water” follows Toby (Chris Pine) and older brother Tanner (Ben Foster) as they do whatever they can to keep the bank from foreclosing on their family ranch. Tanner, being an ex-convict, leads Toby to robbing the same bank chain that is taking their farm.

Bank after bank, the brothers are getting more and more predictable, which leads to pressure from Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Texas Ranger who follows the case closely, trying to delay his retirement.

The little things are what makes this movie so great. The accents, setting and especially the attitude of the characters shines. Everyone in this film acts like they could die tomorrow and their death would come with acceptance.

Every character in the movie — from Toby and Tanner, to an old time waitress never taking any crap from a stranger — serves as a true southern characteristic.

Besides the characters, the bank robberies are pretty much always simple, but always tense. 

As soon as the guns come out, one feels as though anything could happen and anyone could die, becuase no one truly feared it. 

“Hell or High Water” creates a great dog-eat-dog, dead world set in rural Texas. The movie doesn’t do things that make it unique, but it does enough to be memorable. 

Gabe Hypes is a staff writer for The Spectator.  

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