Sneak Peek: ‘Hell or High Water’


Two brothers and one mortgage about to go into foreclosure. “Hell or High Water” stars “Star Trek Beyond” captain Chris Pine and Ben Foster (from 2013’s “Lone Survivor“).

Remember a young Bosom Buddies’ TV star with impeccable comic timing?  He took his easy ability to make viewers laugh to the big screen, with instant hits in “Splash”, “Big”, and “Turner & Hooch” during the mid to late 1980s. From there, Tom Hanks made the dramatic leap into more serious roles…elevating his acting game with award-winning features “Philadelphia”, “Forrest Gump” and “Saving Private Ryan”.  I see the potential for “Hell or High Water” to be the same linchpin for Chris Pine as “Philadelphia” was for Hanks.  We’ll see.

The film earned “The Black List” award for the most liked motion picture “screenplay not yet produced” from voters consisting of studio and production company executives in 2012 .  A bellwether for an Academy Award nomination come this January?  I’d give it even odds.  Historically, over 25% of the screenplays making “The Black List” have later earned an Oscar nomination, including “Argo“, “American Hustle“, “The King’s Speech”, “Slumdog Millionaire”, “Spotlight” and “The Revenant“. Not bad company.

“Hell or High Water” opens in limited theaters on August 12th.

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