A common theme involving a poor town and two brothers in a depressing part of Texas and bank robberies has certainly been done before, probably in many other movies in the past. So a new twist in a story like this is necessary and for the most part, this movie is successful in creating a compelling interesting story from very familiar ground. Jeff Bridges is very convincing as a small town Sheriff who with his partner is determined to track down two bank robbers who have been robbing banks in the area for relatively small amounts of money. Chris Pine is equally convincing along with his brother, played by Ben Foster in playing the desperate bank robbers who are motivated by more than just the money they can easily steal from small banks in the area but they are also motivated by revenge against the bank who has been trying to take away their deceased mothers property for many years.
One of the best lines in this film as far as I was concerned was, “how can anybody make a living here”, referring to the flat, hot, poor and depressing areas that this movie is based from. Chris Pine describes being poor as a “disease that lasts for generations” and I can confirm that depressing reality from first-hand experience. This story behind “Hell or High Water” is a very simple one, but very often in good or great movies the more simple the main story the better, but this movie takes the simple story several levels higher.
I highly recommend this movie.