Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water

Blood always follows money.

20161 h 42 min


In West Texas, divorced father Toby Howard (Chris Pine) and his ex-con brother Tanner (Ben Foster) carry out early morning robberies of two branches of the Texas Midlands Bank. Though the robberies are well-planned, Tanner’s wild nature leads to him taking unnecessary risks, frustrating Toby.

Two Texas Rangers, Marcus Hamilton (Jeff Bridges) and Alberto Parker (Gil Birmingham), are on the case. Hamilton, who is close to retirement, quickly determines the brothers’ methods and personalities. Meanwhile, Tanner robs another bank while Toby unknowingly waits at a nearby diner. They take the stolen money to Indian casino in Oklahoma to be laundered. They exchange the stolen bills for chips, some of which Tanner uses to gamble. Toby then has the casino convert them into a check made out to the Texas Midlands Bank – the same bank they robbed. With untraceable funds and gambling as a cover for how they were acquired, the brothers head back to Texas.

It is revealed that the brothers’ mother died recently, leaving their ranch in debt due to a reverse mortgage provided by the Texas Midlands Bank. If the debt is not paid off in a few days, the ranch will be foreclosed. Toby is determined to pay off the mortgage and, because oil has recently been discovered on the land, sell the oil rights to ensure a comfortable life for his estranged sons. They rob Texas Midlands as a form of poetic justice. It is also revealed that Tanner’s prison sentence resulted from him shooting and killing their abusive father.

Hamilton initiates a stakeout of another branch of the Texas Midlands Bank, but the brothers do not show. Hamilton deduces a pattern to the robberies and determines their next target. Hamilton and Parker are en route when the final robbery indeed occurs there. Pressed for time, the brothers proceed with the heist even though the bank is full of customers. A shoot-out ensues when a security guard fires at the brothers. Tanner kills the guard and an armed civilian.

The brothers race out of town, pursued by several armed townspeople. After gaining some distance, Tanner stops and fires an automatic rifle at the pursuing posse, causing them to retreat. The brothers then split, with Toby taking the money using another vehicle, while Tanner creates a diversion. He draws the lawmen off the trail to a desert mountain ridge. He begins taking potshots with a sniper rifle, killing Parker. Hamilton uses a local resident’s knowledge of the area to circle behind Tanner, and kills him with a single shot using the local’s rifle…

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