Hell or High Water review

Hell or High Water review

Marvel's Doctor Strange will be dominating the box office this weekend.

But if you're not in the mood for superheroes, there are two smaller, yet highly rewarding films on offer. One is the Palme d'Or winner, I, Daniel Blake. The other stars Jeff Bridges, and is called Hell or High Water.

Stone the crows if this isn't a career-best performance from Captain Kirk himself, Chris Pine.

Pine and Ben Foster are brothers on a mission in Hell or High Water, and while we know that mission involves robbing banks in Texas, the real story is on a deliciously slow reveal.

Chasing our unlikely anti-heroes is Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton, played by Oscar-winner and all-around legend Jeff Bridges, and his partner, Alberto.

Soon due to retire, Marcus and long-suffering partner Alberto will chase these good ole boys down if it's the last thing they do.

So yes, this is a modern-day Western, a heist story of filial love, but unexpectedly pulsing with a deep social conscience. How brilliant.

Could I please just watch Jeff Bridges all day? I could literally just sit back and listen to him read the phonebook. He is outstanding here, in a film full to the brim with superior performances, simple, succulent, temperate dialogue and assured, purposeful storytelling.

I can still feel the dry Texan dirt in my eyes. What a wonderful film.

Four-and-a-half stars.

     Hell or High Water:: Director: David Mackenzie :: Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Dale Dickey, Gil Birmingham, Katy Mixon, Kevin Rankin:: Rating: R16 - Violence & offensive language:: Running Time: 102 minutes:: Release Date: In cinemas now

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