There has been next to no fanfare for the release of this murdermystery. Which is surprising, considering the talent involved in frontof the camera (Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen) and behind it(writer-director Taylor Sheridan). Fresh from joining the ranks oftop-tiered screenwriters after the amazing one-two punch of Sicario andHell or High Water, Sheridan continues his stellar run with aheart-wrenching study of loss and grief wrapped in a taut crimethriller narrative. Also having a crack at directing, Sheridan allowsthe snowy Wyoming setting to completely envelope the characters in aworld that feels like it has no exits, both physically and emotionally.When this Native American community is hit with a homicide it feelslike another tragedy in a long line of tragedies; their shock isreplaced with deeper sorrow, their outrage is replaced with solemndefeat. Entering the scene like a fish out of water, Olsen's junior FBIagent Jane Banner must traverse the tricky cultural complexities ifshe's to understand the clues in front of her. Luckily she has Renner'slocal hunter Cory Lambert to assist, himself battling with a pastfamily disaster. Renner and Olsen are both in terrific form, the formerhiding his grief under a stoic veneer, the latter balancing big-cityattitude with a genuine desire to find justice for the victim. Veterancharacter actor Gil Birmingham is also superb as a father unsure of howto deal with his earth-shattering loss. If this all sounds a bit heavy,well it is, but Sheridan's careful to inject a healthy dose of suspenseand mild action to keep the drama gripping rather than overbearing; thefinale in particular turns the movie on its head in an unpredictablebut extremely effective manner. An intelligent, slow burning andprovocative viewing that enthrals from start to finish, Wind River isan understated gem that deserves an audience.
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Wind River (2017)
A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.
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WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death.
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Reviewed byTroy_CampbellVote: 9/10/10
There aren't many films that I'd specifically recommend to watch, but this is one of them.
I didn't know anything about when I went to watch it. I'm glad I didn't. It came as a fantastic surprise.
It's bleak and eerie. It has a little "Insomnia" mixed in with some "Jodie Foster/Clarice Starling" thrown into the mix. It's a little dark, suspenseful and interesting right through the reveal at the end.
The story, whilst nothing shocking in of itself, is realistic and believable. The reveal towards the end is satisfyingly on the money, and it tugs at the emotional strings to see very believable and well acted grief on the part of the family that suffered the loss. The acting was excellent and carried the drama very well. More crime thrillers should deliver like this did.
Just watch it - you'll be glad you did.
If you've seen any of Taylor Sheridan's previous work, you probablynoted that he has a certain style. He tells stories about ways of lifein dilapidated regions of the country. He blurs the lines between "goodguys" and "bad guys," instead framing the status of the selected regionas the truest villain. What's right and wrong, considering all theunique variables of each story, is not always clear. At least, that wascase in Sicario and Hell or High Water.
In Wind River, the region is still presented with all the strain thatis causes on the lives of its residents, but a much more obviousvillain is revealed before the movie is over.
Hell of High Water frames the crumbling economy of a certain Texasregion as the real source of evil, rather than any characters. Whereasin Wind River the source of evil is definitely the rapist. I mean, therapist attempts to blame the cold and silence, but his actions wereclearly much worse than bad weather.
Sheridan's previous films also left doubt about who were the heroes,who the audience should be rooting for. This time it was much lessambiguousthey were the people searching for the rapist.
An emerging theme in Sheridan's movies appears to be Tarantinoesqueeruptions of violence, sometimes near the conclusion. They don't alwaysreach the levels of the Django Unchained shootout, but Sheridan clearlyisn't shy about showcasing the unforgiving damage that can be inflictedby firearms.
Complaints, I have a few. On more than one occasion, I legitimatelycould not understand what a character had said, so I was left wonderingif I missed something important. I'm not sure if this manner ofspeaking was a choice made by the actors or if this was a decision madeby Sheridan to establish a certain tone. Either way, I could have usedless mumbling.
The other complaint that I have, and this is more serious, the middlethird of the movie felt like it contained a lot of empty moments. Thismay or may not have been related to the times that I couldn'tunderstand what a character said. Still, the movie could have used abit of its fat trimmed. It wasn't as crisp and clean as Hell or HighWater and Sicario. And I know I keep comparing this movie to Sheridan'sothers, but that's bound to happen when a writer sets the bar so highwith two gems.
On the whole, I consider this a success for Sheridan in his directorialdebut. I'd happily watch another story of his about justice and anoverlooked culture.