Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges star in a modern-day western.
Coming soon to a theater near you: Hell or High Water, a modern-day western drama starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pine. The film is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week before its summertime commercial release.
What’s it all about? According to the official plot synopsis:
“A story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers — Toby (Chris Pine), a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner (Ben Foster), a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger — come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet.
“Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the crosshairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger (Jeff Bridges) looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the last honest lawman and a pair of brothers with nothing to live for except family collide.”
(By the way: USA Today reports that Bridges sought advice from legendary Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson on how to play his character.)
Written by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and directed by David Mackenzie, Hell or High Water is a CBS Films release slated to open Aug. 12 in limited theatrical release before expanding nationwide Aug. 19.
Here’s a look at the trailer — which makes effective use of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (a song, you may recall, that Dylan originally wrote for Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid).