• Chris Pine in 'Hell or High Water'. (SBS)Source: SBS
The haunting, humanist western reveals much about men, says its star.
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17 Sep 2019 - 11:04 AM  UPDATED 17 Sep 2019 - 11:04 AM

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Hell or High Water (SBS Viceland, Sun) follows two brothers -- played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster -- who embark on a treacherous quest to take care of their family through a series of bank heists. 

According to Pine, the Neo-Western reflects on the nature of man, which is what ultimately attracted him to the film.

"It's about the failure of men to be intimate and vulnerable when they desperately want to be. But they just don't have the language or the facility to do so. That was the big draw for me," Pine said. "To hear the voices that kind of congress together and see how it depicts people's anger and frustration is very illuminating for me and powerful for the social conversation."

Still, touching upon vulnerability and intimacy among men wasn't the hardest part of the film for Pine. It boiled down to staying true to the script, penned by Taylor Sheridan.

"It was really well formed on the page and we had an incredible director so it was a prayer that we would maintain the magic on the page," Pine added.

Jeff Bridges plays a Texas Ranger, who pursues Pine and Foster's bank-robbing brothers. 

"It was kind of the authenticity really that got my juices flowing," Bridges said at the film's Hollywood premiere. "Also...the ambiguity as far as who is good and who is bad. That is really life like, that is how life seems to me."

Director David Mackenzie added: "I really like that kind of moral grey area where you ask those questions...It was very much there in the DNA of the script."

Hell or High Water screens on SBS Viceland at 8.30pm on Sunday 22 September. It will be available to stream at SBS On Demand after broadcast. 

Hell or High Water

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster
What's it about?
After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves on the radar of Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham). As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a murderous showdown looms. 

Watch: Chris Pine, Ben Foster go bank robbing in 'Hell or High Water' trailer

'Hell or High Water' was a high point of 2016.