The rest of the cast also makes the film an exciting watch. Chris Pine (Star Trek), Ben Foster (Lone Survivor), and Gil Birmingham (Rango) act as familiar faces for their roles. While the screenplay may seem reminiscent of other films in the genre, the acting is excellent and fresh. Imagine a double-date with Chris Pine and Ben Foster meeting up with Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham. Well it's more of a duel, but there is certain bromance between the two groups of actors.
Rather than focusing on the storyline, Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) writes deep characters. With a premise of bank robbers, it is hard to create an original film. Rather, the setting and the character relationships are the focal point of David Mackenzie's (Starred Up) newest film. Sheridan's writing is subtly rich and engaging, similarly to his previous work on Sicario. Look out for more of Sheridan's films in the near future since he appears to have struck gold with this genre. While Mackenzie's direction is a bit unique, there are some odd moments throughout the film where non-diegetic music starts to play. I am not sure if I liked the moments where the music kicked in, but it is an interesting way to place more music in film!
The Bottom Line: Hell or High Water shines bright with its spectacularly written characters, even if it is not the best film of the year!