Following a series of armed robberies at a number of branches of Texas Midland Bank where very little money was taken, we learn that the motive of unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his brother -- just released from prison -- is to raise enough money to pay off the reverse mortgage that will forfeit their recently deceased mother's ranch if not paid off. Oil was discovered on the ranch and in order to secure the future of his sons and ex wife, Toby needs $43,000. After two of the robberies, curmudgeonly Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and his American Indian deputy partner pick up the trail and just miss foiling the next, and last robbery. Written by Scott J. Tepper, Calabasas (Courtesy of Internet Movie Database)
I had been looking forward to HELL OR HIGH WATER or awhile having seen the trailer. Upon seeing the film I was entranced by the slow churning country pace that told the daring story of the two bank-robbing brothers. I was also impressed with the acting performances of Ben Foster, Chris Pine, and Jeff Bridges. Overall this film is definitely recommendable and probably better after two viewings as there are things that are unsaid that impact how you view this film. So for HELL OR HIGH WATER I give it 4 stars.