Hell or High Water

By Jackie Raphael 

Writer Taylor Sheridan was widely praised for his debut feature film Sicario and has followed it up with another clever and detailed script, while director David Mackenzie has used it to craft a modern Western buddy film. Set in Texas, brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) are on a mission to rob several banks to save their family farm. What makes this film unique is that there are two buddy relationships explored. The first is between the close brothers and the second is between the officers chasing them down – Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham). The character development is strong and the banter brings some welcomed humour throughout the drama. While it is far from the likes of Thelma and Louise or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Hell of High Water still does the genre justice.