David MacKenzie, VS 2016
Language: english – subtiteles: dutch
A pair of estranged Texan brothers are reunited against a common foe – the bank that gypped their father into signing away the family farm and now threatens to foreclose on the loan.
Straight arrow Toby (Chris Pine) and ex-con loose cannon Tanner (Ben Foster) stage a series of heists against various branches of the bank, all the while pursued by Jeff Bridges, on deliciously crusty form as a Texas ranger nearing the end of his career.
Robbing the bank that robbed you
The gripping heist thriller has a storied history that hurtles way back to 1903’s “The Great Train Robbery” – and since then, it seems every generation has produced its own revealing visions of the often coolly atmospheric genre. Like many of its predecessors, “Hell or High Water” builds to a showdown between lawmen and outlaws in the desolate borderlands of America’s extreme Southwest. But that’s where the comparisons end. For this is not your father’s bank-robbing saga of black-hatted bad guys and upstanding sheriffs. This is the Western re-jiggered as morally complex, bitingly humorous and set in a new West where the very banks getting raided are now the most degenerate and cruel of villains themselves.
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