WIND RIVER (15)
WIND RIVER (15)
Run time: 111 Mins
Director: Taylor Sheridan
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene, Jon Bernthal
Synopsis: WIND RIVER follows U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent CORY LAMBERT as he is forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent in a quest to solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
Taylor Sheridan, Academy Award-nominated writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water, makes his directorial debut with Wind River, a thrilling, haunting tale of death and survival in the depths of winter. Awarded the 2017 Directing prize, Un Certain Regard, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the cinematography of Ben Richardson breathtakingly reflects the ‘snow and silence’ of the harsh, sub-zero environment of the Wyoming mountains.
Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is a wildlife officer who finds the body of an 18-year-old woman on an American Indian reservation in snowy Wyoming. When the autopsy reveals that she was raped, rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Elisabeth Olsen) arrives to investigate. Teaming up with Lambert as a guide, the duo soon find that their lives are in danger while trying to solve the mystery of the teen’s death.
Reflecting culture clash between outsiders and locals and cultural suspicions against the Native American community, this complex thriller starts out as mystery but soon evolves into a thirst for retribution.
Both Renner and Olsen turn in impressive performances, Olsen coming to terms with complexities of the community and the terrain, with a desire to bring justice for the victim and Renner hiding a deep grief while appearing stoical. The film also benefits from an atmospheric score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Wind River is book-ended by captions about the many native American women whose disappearances are not even logged or investigated.
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