Hell or High Water (2016)
This epic modern Western tells the tale of two brothers, Toby and Tanner (as played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster), who steal from the banks so they can accumulate enough funds to save their family's ranch. Essentially it takes a contemporary look at two siblings who try to rebel against the system, doing so in such a manner that you know, deep down inside, they don't give a f*ck.
The Hunger Games (2012 to 2015)
While I'm on the subject of people not giving a f*ck, this now brings me quite nicely onto Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games (as played by Jennifer Lawrence), who's a character that was swept up in the ramifications of an unfair world. As her narrative gradually begins to develop over the course of the four films, Katniss and her moral compass gets pulled from one extreme to another, resulting in her being forced to become the face of the revolution: Defiant, determined, and a strong role model for a whole generation of girls.
Now You See Me (2013)
Illusionists aren't necessarily the first group of people you think of when it comes down to depicting rebellion. That said, however, when you factor in that this particular group of illusionists are a bunch of outlaws, well, there you have it folks -- Alakazam! -- J Daniel Atlas (as played by Jesse Eisenberg), as well as his ragtag team of magicians (as played by Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson), pretending to be one thing while on stage, where as in actuality they're a gang of renegades, out on the make, and ready to do good. Try to think of them as the magical equivalent of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, but more on that lot later.
V for Vendetta (2006)
Based on a magnificent comic book mini-series written by Alan Moore and drawn by David Lloyd (who I had the privilege of interviewing), V for Vendetta is a classic dystopian thriller with heavy and somewhat disturbing political undertones. Even though it was released over 10 years ago, the film provides an unsettling allegory for government oppression, and interestingly enough, is set in 2020, where, among other locations, the US system has broken down around them. That aside, the film itself features an iconic central character: V (as played by Hugo Weaving) who's first job of the day is to rescue Evey Hammond (as played by Natalie Portman), an employee of the state run British Television Network. Vigilantism at its best.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Catch Me If You Can is based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Junior (as played by Leonardo DiCaprio), who's basically a teenage criminal that managed to con millions of dollars out of various US companies, while posing as a Pan Am pilot or a doctor. In fact, following his capture and subsequent incarceration, which was eventually carried out by Agent Carl Hanratty (as played by Tom Hanks), the real life Abagnale was hired by the FBI because they needed his help to catch similar menaces to society.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Now we all know the old saying about stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Yet little did we know about the man behind this saying, namely, Robin Hood: The Prince of Thieves, who's big screen tale starts off in a really bad way. Well, not only does he spend some time in a Jerusalem prison, where he eventually finds out that his father is dead, but to make matters even worse, upon his return home he also discovers that everything is in ruins because of the malicious Sheriff of Nottingham (as played by the late, great, Alan Rickman). So what does Robin do to turn his luck around? Why he joins forces with Little John and his merry band of outlaws, of course, and does whatever he has to do in spite of being played by Kevin Costner. Quickly, queue the Bryan Adams soundtrack, or else we're all doomed.
Hell or High Water is out now on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download, courtesy of STUCIOCANAL