Hell or High Water (2016) Saturday, 21 September 2019

Hell or High Water (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence.

  • The pitch:

    The things we do for our kids.

  • Starring:

    Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Gil Birmingham, Dale Dickey, Katy Mixon, Marin Ireland, John-Paul Howard, Margaret Bowman

  • Directed by:

    David Mackenzie

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, threatened at gunpoint, held up (bank robberies), hair-pulled, punched, head-slammed, grabbed, pursued, slapped. Brothers playfully kicked/slap/wrestle. Cars/windows shot. Stolen cars, car chases. Burning field/cars. Explosion. A law enforcer comments that criminals should be hanged. Yelling. Shooting a man, being jailed, shooting coyotes, threatened family, killing father in a "hunting accident", assault, robbery mentioned. Blood/gore: Dead bodies. Bloody gore in hat. Bloody bullet wounds/cuts/eye/face/head/forehead/hip/clothing. Blood spatter, bleeding, dripping blood, blood pool. Arm brace, wound-dressing.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have background sex in a hotel bedroom (full nudity - side view). A woman is groped beneath her skirt. Flirting, caressing. Shirtless man, cleavage, man in underwear. Pimp mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, shots, spirits). Smoking. Vials of prescription pills seen on dresser. Tweakers mentioned. Casino setting (slot machines, poker played).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonsofb*tches, bastards, p*ssed. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (what in the devil, dammit, who the hell, goddam). Frequent jokes/insults regarding race/culture/countryfolk/small towns/Native American Indians/religion.

  • THEMES:

    Brothers, poverty, bank robbers, bank holdups, getaway cars, child support, retirement, Texas, small towns, family ranches, unemployment, corporate greed, oil, money-laundering.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead partner, dead brother, estranged wife/children. Dead mother, dead wife, foreclosure, divorce mentioned. Casino setting. Horses, cows, snake, dog. Steak eaten.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Thrilling, good, gripping, offbeat, moral, high-stakes, entertaining, engaging, effective, well-paced, soulful, compelling, rangy, violent, cynical, elegiac, surprising, gritty, riveting, uproarious. Brilliant cast/performances, rich/textured characterisation, tight/sinewy direction, evocative visuals, handsome cinematography, eloquent framing, excellent/sharp/fantastic/terrific screenplay, snappy lines, twangy/jangly/great score, strong technical credits, rich sense of place.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Familiar genre beats, could do with a better title.

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