Hell or High Water (2016) (mini-review++)

(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7 

directing 7

writing 7

effects 7

editing 7

SW score: 35

3.5 out of 5 octopi

++ It’s a good cops and robbers movie with some brutal twists and an uncommon, unresolved ending. But it’s not much we haven’t already seen before. I did appreciate the harsh realism when Marcus Hamilton’s (played by the always excellent Jeff Bridges)was killed by Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) in a shootout. In general, Hollywood doesn’t like to go that dark. Chris Pine as Toby Howard delivered his usual sound acting performance. The movie looks great, taking a cue from the stark aesthetic of many films set in the southwest. Relly, I can’t quibble with a lot about this movie except the slow pace, especially after the early excitement of the heist, and the less than satisfying climax. The most interesting part of the movie came at the very end when a sequel was explicitly set up. I don’t know if they will ever make it, but that’s not ideal when a hint of the next movie in the franchise is more exciting than the one you’ve just finished watching. 

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(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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