Hell or High Water - 2016
It's one of those rare movies which, as The Magnificent Seven, is likely to see a remake in 50 + years. It's loosely based on the anti-hero Western tradition, championed by Sergio Leone in the 60's. Although the action takes place in contemporary, rural West Texas where 2 bros, Toby & his ex-con Tanner, who'd recently been released from jail, are on a string of bank robberies, chased by an antipode of John Wayne sherif, played by Jeff Bridges often using foul language to get his point out. Ben Foster & Chris Pine play the robbers, who specifically target branches of a major, the Texas Midlands Bank. Bridges who's retiring soon, adopts a strategy which involves setting up a trap by one of the branches, with minimal efforts. His partner, who's a Comanche Indian, openly disapproves of, often bragging, even though he can't take the initiative. The bros manage to precede them & hit the branch on a crowded morning. Here things go berserk, as one of the customers managed to hide his gun. When the guarding cop tries to shoot Pine, he enters in the gun fight causing Foster, who's got an automatic weapon on hand, to shoot & kill them both. At this moment more cops, alerted by Bridges, join in the chase. Foster had already decided they had to separate. Apparently, Pine found out, he'd been shot in the belly. Tanner decides to attract the attention of the chasers, while Pine gets safely away, which he managed to achieve, going out successfully through a checkpoint on the road. Meanwhile, Pine'd managed to blow one of the police cars up, by setting his own vehicle ablaze. Then he goes into another one, preparing his sniper-machine gun for the shootout, taking up a position on the rocks. While the Comanche cop's trying to get him on focus, Foster' shot hits him in the head. Bridges's devastated, even though not losing confidence, and comes up with a plan to go on a rock right behind Tanner's position. What follows I'll leave to the viewer. The superb score's composed by Nick Cave / Warren Ellis.
Sometime had passed & Bridges, now retired, decides to pay Pine, who'd been cleared up of any involvement in the robberies by authorities, a visit & reflect on the case. Toby'd managed to pay his mortgage on the family house, securing the ownership for his 2 children, for life. Here, in the monologue of Pine, director David McKenzie reveals analogies with the house market downfall in 2008-09, a point that will keep the film relevant for years to come.