A Texas Ranger investigates a series of bank robberies committed by two brothers. It’s surprising what you can do with simple premise like that. Take Hell or High Water, a blend of thrilling crime western and thoughtful character study. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) uses this to capture people’s frustrations during the recession and portray an aging expert who knows his days are numbered.
“I’ve been poor my whole life, like a disease passing from generation to generation.” That is how Toby Howard (Chris Pine) sees his life. It’s made even worst when the bank threatens to foreclose on the family ranch. With the land inherited to his son, he’s determined to break the cycle. After years of the banks robbing his family blind, it’s time to return the favour. So, he enlists the help of his firebrand ex-con to rob a series of banks across the county.