The two brothers pulled off one job. Before a second bank is hit, they eat in a diner. The quieter, troubled Toby leaves the sweetly flirtatious waitress a $200 tip. Marcus, the Texas Ranger, wants that cash as evidence. The waitress blocks him on that. She tells him outright that the tip will be her mortgage payment and help her keep a roof over her child's head.
One thing I will share. Tanner and Toby are robbing banks but no one gets shot in the first hour. And, at the beginning, when Toby wears a ski mask and uses words like "Please" during a hold-up, that's a clue into his character that will be revealed.
In BONNIE AND CLYDE, the young criminals robbed banks and discovered that poor townspeople cheered. They'd been robbed of their homes because of bank foreclosures. That attitude is in HELL OR HIGH WATER. In a simpler way, in a far less sophisticated setting, it's as strong a story of those crippled by the Recession as last year's THE BIG SHORT.
There's a reason for the bank robberies and why the two brothers risk their lives to commit the crimes. As Marcus the lawman says "...the things we do for our kids."
I recommend HELL OR HIGH WATER. It has depth, surprise, action and first-rate performances.