Hell or High Water is a refreshing release for a year which is stacking up to last year in awfulness, movie-wise. This is one of my favorite genres, the modern western. Like No Country for Old Men, which draws the obvious comparison, Hell or High Water frames its action in the context of pursuer and the pursued. But the filmmaking approach cannot measure up to the Coens’ masterminds; rather, this film is more an easy division of labor along the lines of Falling Down.
Which is still good company to keep. The retiring-cop-on-his-last-assignment ploy is an unnecessary and decidedly non-refreshing cliché, but when that cop is played by Jeff Bridges in top vintage form, you don’t mind so much. There’s one more scrape: If you need a scene at the end recapping the whole movie, that’s a bad sign. Still though, Hell or High Water is entertaining and fun. A solid recommendation; 7/10.