This is the land of you're on your own.
The feature directorial debut from Taylor Sheridan, writer of Hell or High Water and Sicario, is a murder investigation thriller starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.... More
An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.Hide
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BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter behind Oscar nominees Sicario and Hell or High Water, sits in the director's chair and shows a concrete command over his third feature script. As an ice-cold western posing as a procedural murder mystery, Wind River is a great sombre thriller that circles you like a pack of wolves before it pounces.... More
Jeremy Renner brings his A-game as a man who knows two things: how to track game and how deadly this frosted environment can be. When the body of a young Native America woman is discovered - frozen, barefoot, far from township - he shows a strong layer of emotional sensitivity towards the deceased's parents while still maintaining that traditionally tough cowboy swagger. He's like a modernised John Wayne, in a way.
Elizabeth Olsen is as great as ever as the one officer of the law the FBI flew over, learning very quickly she needs to either adapt or die in this middle-of-nowhere environment that plays by its own rulebook. It takes an absolute pro to juggle vulnerability and confidence of this calibre, which is what Olsen is.
The plot is as pointed and straightforward as a fired bullet, but Wind River speaks far more about the vast and vapid surroundings that echo the gunshot. Being a constant witness to this dangerous, desolate place adds volumes of depth to these characters and how they came to be.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis match this feeling with their signature sorrowful sounds while Beasts of the Southern Wild cinematographer Ben Richardson visually capturing the blanket of white wilderness that can hide a person in plain sight. This is how the Native American locals feel on their own reservation. You'll come to feel this too, which is the film's ultimate crowning achievement.Hide
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BY Ian_Anderson superstar
While the investigation starts slowly, it climaxes in a great set piece gun fight. The tone is one of slow despair at the future for Native Americans... More especially teenagers and young people.Hide
BY DanielK superstar
Still, despite these issues, 'Wind River' remains fairly compelling throughout, with an evocative sense of place and a handful of excellent performances, chiefly from Gil Birmingham as a grieving father. Birmingham almost single-handedly gives the final scene an emotional weight that, for a handful of precious moments, lifts the film to the level of profundity that it has clearly been striving for throughout. Despite the missteps he makes throughout, Sheridan at least has the good sense to save his best material till last.Hide
BY Newt superstar
Wind River deals with a common crime-mystery trope but still manages to be fresh, steady and scary-as-hell. Some debut for a director to make but isn't unexpected considering Taylor Sheridan's body of work. Things that stand out are the pacing, the music (Nick Cave and co.) and the bleakness of the setting which screams misery and isolation as did the desert road of Nocturnal Animals. A Jon Bernthal cameo is also pleasing but ultimately it's the story that will leave you affected
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