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TOPIC: Hell or Highwater [spoilers]

Hell or Highwater [spoilers] 04 Dec 2016 22:09 #11161

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A film I saw this week called Hell or Highwater intrigued me further than most films I have ever seen. What I mean by that is that plot ended up causing me to second guess a lot of my previous intuitions. You see, the plot is about two brothers (one smart, the other a convict) who rob banks in order to pay off their mothers house which was in danger of foreclosure by the banks. As the brothers robbed each bank they came upon a different scenario. The first, an empty bank, only one teller, and a manager on his way to open up the bank. The brothers rob the bank quite easily. The second bank contains a manager, a customer, and a teller, the brothers hit the bank but the only customer, who is carrying a weapon, fires at the two brothers as they try to escape. The third and final bank was a bank filled with people, cashiers, security guards, and tellers. After robbing the bank the two brothers intend to escape, however, multiple patrons of the bank chase after them and proceed to fire their weapons. The reason why these scenes stood out to me was for two reasons. The first, is that these two brothers are NOT stealing any patrons money and many of the patrons are in debt to the very banks themselves, so why even protect them? The second, is the response time of the patrons with their own weapons, so it begs me to ask if we are going about gun control in an incorrect manner? I believe it could be beneficial to have more civilians with concealed weapons. One person with the right intentions and a gun in their waistband could be the deciding factor between national tragedy and national catastrophe.
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