What makes this present-day western crime thriller work so well is not from it employing any artificially intense dramatics or hyped-up action, but from the ordinariness of the characters and events. Taking place in New Mexico and West Texas, its sense of time and place is so well-defined it's hard to believe its director, David Mackenzie was born in Scotland. Moreover, Mckenzie was the co-founder of the Glasgow-based Sigma Films, a prestigious European independent production company that won many international awards -- and a company that, more surprisingly, co-produces films by the Danish iconoclast Lars von Trier, a director as overwrought as Mckenzie is restrained. Here, this Scotsman managed to nail a certain piece of Western Americana while telling a tale that follows two brothers (played to perfection by Chris Pine and Ben Foster) who pull a series of bank robberies against branches of the Texas Midlands Bank in order to save their family ranch that is being foreclosed on by the same bank. The crusty, persistent Texas Ranger trying to nab them is Jeff Bridges, an actor who, over 45 years ago, had ironically starred in "The Last Picture Show" which took place in the same town in which one of the robberies does: Archer City, Texas. This is a special character-driven, authentic modern-day western of subtlety and atmosphere, and a film that is as true to human behavior as any recent film.