Social commentary in “Hell or High Water”

One of the things I noticed about Hell or High Water was the quiet running social commentary about corruption/inequality.  Am re-watching the movie to look for things in the background or comments made:

  • Graffiti on bank wall: “3 tours in Iraq, but there is no bailout for me.”
  • Town had a “Closing” sign on one business, several others fenced off and “Sale” signs.  A poor and tired looking town.
  • Billboard: “Debt relief.”
  • Bank customer trading in coins: “I’ve been living on an inmate’s diet and was sitting on these coins the entire time.”  One of the coins is from 1953 – is there meaning to that year?
  • Bank customer during robbery: “This is crazy.  You’re not even Mexican.”
  • Foreshadowing: the bank customer starts shooting at them, foreshadowing of the gun-toting would-be-vigilantes later in the film.
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Social commentary in “Hell or High Water”

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