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.
A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
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. Written by
When Cory is looking through the pictures in Natalie's room near the end of the film, he sees a picture of Natalie and Emily in graduation gowns. Yet, Cory had said earlier in the film that Emily had died three years earlier at the age of sixteen. Natalie doesn't look substantially younger in this photo than she did in other parts of the film, so this would appear to be a high school graduation photo for a high school graduation Emily didn't live to see. See more »
There has been next to no fanfare for the release of this murder
mystery. Which is surprising, considering the talent involved in front
of the camera (Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen) and behind it
(writer-director Taylor Sheridan). Fresh from joining the ranks of
top-tiered screenwriters after the amazing one-two punch of Sicario and
Hell or High Water, Sheridan continues his stellar run with a
heart-wrenching study of loss and grief wrapped in a taut crime
thriller narrative. Also having a crack at directing, Sheridan allows
the snowy Wyoming setting to completely envelope the characters in a
world that feels like it has no exits, both physically and emotionally.
When this Native American community is hit with a homicide it feels
like another tragedy in a long line of tragedies; their shock is
replaced with deeper sorrow, their outrage is replaced with solemn
defeat. Entering the scene like a fish out of water, Olsen's junior FBI
agent Jane Banner must traverse the tricky cultural complexities if
she's to understand the clues in front of her. Luckily she has Renner's
local hunter Cory Lambert to assist, himself battling with a past
family disaster. Renner and Olsen are both in terrific form, the former
hiding his grief under a stoic veneer, the latter balancing big-city
attitude with a genuine desire to find justice for the victim. Veteran
character actor Gil Birmingham is also superb as a father unsure of how
to 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 suspense
and mild action to keep the drama gripping rather than overbearing; the
finale in particular turns the movie on its head in an unpredictable
but extremely effective manner. An intelligent, slow burning and
provocative viewing that enthrals from start to finish, Wind River is
an understated gem that deserves an audience.
122 of 144 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?