Netflix has released the trailer for The Highwaymen. The film follows the “untold true story” of the former Texas Rangers (played by Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) who captured and killed the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. The detectives were notable because they relied on their instincts and old school skills rather than the latest technology employed by the FBI.
Does anyone watch 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde and think, “I wonder what the detectives were up to?” While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with being on the side of law enforcement, they don’t seem like the most electric and intriguing part of this story, and even the film’s synopsis is like, “And these heroes didn’t use any newfangled things like science or technology to stop criminals!” While I like Costner and Harrelson, this seems like the least interesting angle available on this story, and I don’t really trust a director like John Lee Hancock to imbue with much life considering he drained the ugliness and callousness from a brutal story like The Founder. Maybe this one will be surprising, but the trailer doesn’t inspire much confidence for the movie being more than “Hard-nosed lawmen get the job done!” Something tells me we won’t be talking about this one like we still do with Bonnie and Clyde.
Check out The Highwaymen trailer below. The film will play in theaters on March 15th before arriving on Netflix on March 29th. The Highwaymen also stars Kathy Bates and Kim Dickens.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Highwaymen:
The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), THE HIGHWAYMEN follows the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done.