Wind River is a modern take on the Western genre. It is written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, known for his brief role in the hit FX series Sons of Anarchy. This is his second feature film to direct.
Winter has arrived at the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. While on the hunt for a group of mountain lions who have wandered close to the village, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) discovers Native American girl Natalie Hanson (Kelsey Chow) dead in the snow, dead from exposure.
The Tribal Police Chief Ben (Graham Greene) calls the FBI for help and they send Las Vegas based Agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) to help with the investigation. An autopsy confirms that Natalie was brutally raped before escaping into the snow, walking six miles to her death. Because her death was not caused by homicide, Agent Banner cannot call for back-up. She enlists the aid of Lambert to track Natalie’s boyfriend, a tough man named Matt (Jon Bernthal) who cannot seem to be found.
As a fan of both Western and murder mystery genres, I found this movie especially enthralling. The plot was somewhat simple, but it had a slight twist at the end that made it entertaining. I want to praise Olsen, Renner, and Greene. They were excellent in their roles and showed their true talent. My only problem film was the score. It did not match the film’s theme and often felt like the songs were out of place in the various scenes.
Outside of that, I found the film’s plot interesting and the climax of the film particularly thrilling to see.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence (including sexual), foul language
FAVORITE QUOTE: Luck don’t live out here.
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