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Oscars 2017: Hell Or High Water

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Movie info from RT:

Texas brothers–Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his half-Comanche partner, Alberto (Gil Birmingham).

My thoughts:

  • Chris Pine was a revelation. That beautiful man has the potential to do a Brad Pitt or Bradley Cooper – them actors who are so dreamy but went ahead and broke away from stereotypical characters to showcase their actual acting talent. Bravo, son.
  • Ben Foster should be in more movies. Why is he not in more movies?
  • The movie started really slow, with tons of establishing shots that could cut the run time of the movie in half. Unlike Fences, though, the lines exchanged between characters were funny and witty so it’s okay that not tons were happening because it was still slightly entertaining.
  • Then the movie became so intense real fast.
  • I also liked that the sub-topics of the movie were sprinkled everywhere, which made it not JUST your regular bank heist movie.
  • Speaking of that, it is a bank heist movie, but behold – the banks were the thief.
  • If you like Midwestern, cowboy movies, you’ll love this. This is pretty much a modern Midwestern movie, and I think the movie did a good job.

I like this movie. It’s ok, I guess, but not one I would root for as best picture. La La Land is still running for best picture for me.

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