Saturday, March 21, 2020

1090. Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water
Directed by David Mackenzie

I needed something more fun to watch during my isolation, more fun than say, a documentary about an expedition to Antarctica where everybody dies. This seemed like a worthy entry for that purpose: a neo western featuring bank robbers and a bearded Chris Pine.

Toby, played by Chris Pine, is a divorced father desperate to save the family ranch which is in danger of foreclosure. For some reason, he doesn't just become a model and instead starts robbing banks with his wild card of a brother. They are pursued by two Texas Rangers, one of whom is on the brink of retirement. I feel like at this point, announcing your intentions to give up the badge is a form of suicide and we should get these people help.

I actually liked this movie for a few reasons that had nothing to do with Chris Pine's blue eyes. The film had a rich setting that convinced me I never want to go to Texas, and the plot took unexpected turns when it needed to. This is a riveting script, and of course, it never hurts to have Jeff Bridges mumbling in the background.

Also, the soundtrack was bitching.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

Shot in New Mexico.

Chris Pine shot his scenes in two and a half weeks.

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