Hell or High Water (2016)


A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. (IMDb)
Aesthetically excellent, with its dusty, aching landscapes smoothly shot, rich soundtrack (a tense piano and strings theme alternates with melancholy folk tunes), charming small-town Texas sets, and Chris Pine with windswept hair. The story feels a little light in comparison (it would have been better to focus more on the compelling brothers and less on the at-times awkward cop duo) but it builds well and comes to a riveting climax (though the denouement leaves something to be desired).
7.5/10 (Really Good)


  1. So glad to see that you enjoyed this one, Joel! This was one of my favorites of last year. So tense, intriguing, and surprisingly funny. I actually really liked the awkward comedy between the two sheriffs. Excellent review!

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    1. thanks brett! yeah i dunno, i liked the two sherrifs at points too, but i think it was that one scene in the motel room where it actually seemed like bridge’s partner was upset from all the teasing that made it feel kind of awkward to me

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