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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hell or High Water (2016)

This is a crime drama, which is not my favorite brand of movie by any means, but this is a very good version of one.  As one of my kids aptly pointed out, Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, and West Texas all turned in top notch performances.  It is the very best that this genre can put together, including an ending that is ambiguous. 
The story is that after their mother dies, two brothers need a modest amount of cash to pay off a loan to the bank that the mother took out.  The loan is all or nothing, with the property itself as the collateral.  The rub is that not only do they not have the money, but that oil has been found on their property and so if they lose the land, they loose about $300,000 a year in oil income, all for not having $40,000 at the moment.  So who do they steal the money from?  The very bank with the predatory lending practices.  And who stands to gain?  Not the brothers themselves but the offspring.  The motives of the bank robbing brothers is understandable, but the story becomes morally complicated for everyone involved by the end, which is the makings of a great story.  One of the very best of this year's best picture nominees.

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