2016 Movie Reviews: Hell Or High Water

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This is one of those movies that I’ve heard so much about, I couldn’t help but feel it was overhyped. But when I sat down and watched it, I was legitimately taken aback. This movie is incredibly well made, and I feel a lot more comfortable in predicting this film to get Oscar love.

There’s something about this film that feels timeless, but also very timely. It’s one of those movies that already feels classic while you’re watching it. The atmosphere come right out of No Country For Old Men. At the same time, the dialogue has a Tarantino-esque vibe to it.

Chris Pine gives what might be his best performance as a man conflicted on his morals. But in the Supporting Actor category, there’s some debate about who gives the better performance – Jeff Bridges or Ben Foster. Personally, I’m firmly on the Ben Foster team. Don’t get me wrong, Bridges was very good, but I think Foster had a lot more to do with his role.

In short, I feel that this was an incredible movie. It has a great script and great direction by David MacKenzie. Now, this film is not going to be for everyone. It has an incredible bleakness to it that reminded me of The Last Of Us, of all things. But, if you’re in the mood for a bleak and violent but incredibly well made story, this is the film for you.

*****

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