The movie with the worst trailer also turned out to be one of the year’s finest crime dramas. Working from a fierce script by Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario”. Need I say more?), director David Mackenzie sucks us in with incredible skill. The movie opens with Chris Pine and Ben Foster (both absolutely sensational by the way) robbing a bank at gunpoint. Ironically, they’re the film’s heroes. Looking for a villain? That would be the bankers, who are about to foreclose on Pine’s farm. Meanwhile, Texas Ranger Jeff Bridges (in an incredibly good performance) will stop at nothing to bring these brothers to justice. It’s a cat and mouse game, and director Mackenzie has fleshed out each and every character in ways you don’t see coming. He is also showing how a series of unfortunate events can turn a peaceful man (Pine) into an object of fear and destruction. And yet at heart, “Hell Or High Water” is a story about family and loyalty, and MacKenzie couldn’t ask for better actors to fill these tricky roles. His film doesn’t pull its punches. It’s a knockout from start to finish.
★★★ Very good