Hell or High Water: David Mackenzie may be telling an old story, but this is far from tired; it instills some contemporary elements (which create some empathy for the main characters), it’s very energetic in the narrative, and it contains great banter between the characters. Taylor Sheridan’s screenplay smartly follows the two opposite pairs, both displaying great chemistry. The acting is top-notch; Chris Pine is solid, and he is overmatched by a very intense Ben Foster; Gil Birmingham is also fine, but he is paired with a motor-mouth Jeff Bridges, who creates a memorable character. The film is very well-paced; Jake Roberts’s editing mixes and matches white-knuckle moments with laid-down conversations. Giles Nuttgens’s camerawork is very elegant, with plenty of sweet camera movements. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’s musical score is a great complement to the images.