Watch: Hell or High Water 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – In Texas, after the death of his mother, the unemployed oil and gas worker Toby Howard is losing his ranch to the Texas Midlands Bank. Toby is divorced from his wife who lives with their two sons. When his brother Tanner Howard is released from the prison, they team up to rob agencies of the Texas Midlands Bank to raise money to pay the loan so that Toby may leave the real estate to his sons. Meanwhile the Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton who is near retirement and his Native American-descendant partner Alberto Parker try to anticipate the next move of the thieves..
Plot: A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s farm in West Texas.
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A strong neo-Western that gets everything right, with good pacing, a simple but effective screenplay, great cinematography, sneaky humor and a solid cast.
**Early bird gets the worm.**
From the British director of ‘Starred Up’ fame, it was like another ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’. Feels like a modern western kind, because of where this story takes place, I mean Texas. There’s no digital world like phones, computers et cetera, just an old fashioned storytelling. This is the story of two brothers and their series of bank robbery job. They are doing it for a reason, but on the other end, two cops make their effort to find who they are and nab them red handed. So when they meet, that’s where the story gets to its end part.
It has a strong opening, then slows down. Actually, it was approached like a classic crime film, which mean no high-tech. The story was a one liner, but the events in that story were extended. A simple screenplay, yet very effective presented on the screen. Of course the story ends with this film, but feels like there’s more. It is very unlikely, though I’m thinking of a sequel.
The people will remember this film for Ben Foster and Chris Pine. One of the best duo on the screen. Easily one of the best films of the year, but just it is a different theme and genre. I watched it not knowing the meaning of the title, and then I googled it. It is nothing like a must see, but I believe that you might regret if you miss it or delay your watch. So I suggest you make a right choice.
“Sometimes a blind pig finds a truffle”
Bank robberies have been featured in many hundreds of films since the early days of cinema: The Great Train Robbery for example dates back to 1903! More recent heist classics such as “Oceans 11”, “Die Hard”, “Run Lola Run” and “The Dark Knight Rises” tend towards the stylised end of the act. Where this film delivers interest is in aligning the protagonists’ drivers with the banking and mortgage ‘crimes’ featured in last year’s “The Big Short”. Add in to the movie Nutribullet a soupçon of the West Texan setting from Arthur Penn’s 1967 “Bonnie and Clyde”, turn it on and you have “Hell or High Water”.
Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) and Ben Foster (“Inferno”, “The Program”) play brothers Toby and Tanner Howard trying to rescue their deceased mother’s ranch from being foreclosed on by Texas Midlands bank. Rather than taking one of the “get out of debt” offers advertised on billboards – cleverly and insistently introduced in long panning highway shots – the brothers have their own financial plan: a scheme that involves early morning raids of the cash drawers of small-town Texas Midlands branches. But the meticulous planning of Toby, as the calm and intelligent one, are constantly at risk of upset by the unpredictable and violent actions of the loose-cannon Tanner.
Since the amounts of cash stolen are in the thousands rather than the millions, the FBI aren’t interested and the case is handed instead by aged and grumpy Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”) and his partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham). The pair have a respectful relationship but one built around racial banter, with Hamilton constantly referring to Alberto’s Mexican/Comanche heritage. A cat and mouse game ensues with the lawmen staking out the most likely next hits. The sonorous cello strings of the soundtrack portend a dramatic finale, and we as viewers are not disappointed.
The performances of the main leads are all excellent, with Chris Pine given the chance to show more acting chops than he has had chance to with his previous Kirk/Jack Ryan characters. His chemistry with Ben Foster is just sublime. Similarly, Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham make for a formidable double act. It is Jeff Bridges though who has the standout performance and one that is Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor. (In fact with Michael Shannon also getting nominated in the same category for “Nocturnal Animals”, we can add ‘West Texan lawman’ to ‘Holocaust movies’ (a Winslet “Extras” reference there!) as the prime bait for Oscar nomination glory!)
The real winner here though is the whip-smart screenplay by Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario”) which sizzles with great lines: lines that make you grin inanely at the screen regularly through the running time.”In your last days in the nursing home, you’ll think of me and giggle” schmoozes Tanner to the pretty hotel check-in girl: a come-on clearly worth remembering as it delivers the goods, as it were.
The trick here is in building up a degree of empathy and sympathy for the characters on both sides. The ‘bad guys’ here are successfully portrayed as the banks. Before the 2017 awards, you could get 25/1 odds on this winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar – but I would personally rate it right up there with “Manchester by the Sea”.
Deftly directed by Scot David Mackenzie (“Starred Up”) this is a film (the first of two!) that might well have elbowed it’s way into my Top 10 of 2016 if I’d seen it during its cinema release. Well worth catching on the small screen.
(For the graphical version of this review, please visit bob-the- movie-man.com).
There are movies that are so good there are not enough words to describe how good they are. This is one of them.
“The things we do for our kids.” Toby Howard (Pine) has just lost his mother and is about to lose his family’s ranch. Left with no way to raise the money he needs, he teams with his brother Tanner (Foster) and together they decide to rob banks. Things are going according to plan until sheriff Marcus Hamilton (Bridges) gets involved. Now, the two must not only get the money they need in a few days, but find a way to avoid the law as well. There are movies that are great. There are movies that are so good that you need to tell everyone you know to watch. Then there are movies that are so good there are not enough words to describe how good they are. This is one of them. The movie is not only one of the best movies of the year, but it is also one of the best of the last several. The acting is amazing, the drama is intense, but the best part of the movie is that you can understand both sides of the situation and you really aren’t sure who to pull for. That to me is the sign of a great movie. It is a shame that movies like this aren’t as widely seen as large budget popcorn movies. Overall, a definite must see. One of the best movies of the last few years. I loved this one. I give this an A+.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director David Mackenzie
Writer Taylor Sheridan
Actors Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 4 Oscars. 47 wins & 175 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa XT Studio, Hawk V-Lite, Angenieux Optimo and Optimo A2S Lenses
Laboratory LightIRON Digital, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate) (mobile dailies)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex
Cinematographic Process ARRIRAW (2.8K) (source format), Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Hawk Scope (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema