This film has a wonderful pace to it along with very vivid and expansive cinematography. It does what it says it does which is being a reinvention of a Western film. The amalgamation of post-recession America with a classic Western plot-line, bar the cowboys vs Indians thing, makes this a very well-made film indeed.
Not only is this a spot on slice of timeless Americana, it also weaves in current themes of financial power and dissolution of working class communities. What makes it a truly great film though is the chemistry of the two stars (didn't know Chris Pine had a performance like this in him) and the perfect movie pacing. It's a joy.
A good film? Sure. Handles the basics skillfully and doesn't skimp on well-done (and well-shot) action scenes. Jeff Bridges is right at home in the 'gruff sheriff near retirement' role. He's the main reason to watch. Pine and Foster are fine. West Texas is always photogenic. But this film will inevitably be compared to 'No Country for Old Men', and come up short. Is this a great film? Not really; 3.4 is about right.
This film's strength is in its characterizations and dialogue but its major flaw is that the stakes simply aren't high enough to sustain the story and the narrative sputters out at the end which is a shame since the first half of the movie had potential. Taylor Sheridan's script for Sicario was far superior.
I will grant that this film is one which I did not attain being too specific of an american feel that perspires in these rural areas. I get the financial entanglement which is a sign of times and as an american hero, he does things by his own hands to restore righteousness to the world. He succeeds.For it's just too bland and plain, being well done, good performances, a good film but technically.I need more...
It echoes "True Detective", season 1, but instead of being philosophical, it comes as a sociological study about devastated economy and banking system, framed as a heist western. There are moments of humanity between characters that do not come as fake, and there are no real heroes and villains but in the end - it boils down as a shallow and forgettable piece that uses Zeitgeist to reach higher levels than it should.
This was a great little movie. It throws away all the extravagant bullshit and stick to a pretty simple story that is developed effectively and in a straightforward manner. It is a little rough around the edges but manages to show how you can tell a good story (even if it's nothing original) without having to do a 3 hour long movie.