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Dec272017

Wind River- review

 

“Wind River” (2017)

Directed by Taylor Sheridan

Starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen

Running Time 107 Minutes, Rated R.

4 Mitch’s out of 5

Mitch Hansch/movieswithmitch.com

 

“Sicario” and “Hell or High Water” are two films that are both on my in my Top 10 Films in each of their respective years, and “Wind River”, no doubt, making my 2017 list.  What do these films have in common? Taylor Sheridan.  Sheridan wrote all three of these films and makes his directorial debut with the gritty heart wrenching “Wind River”.  Sheridan can finely paint the environment that his well defined written characters are entrenched in.  He showcases his characters solving the injustices usually the “white man” have perpetrated and has a penchant for short but brutal standoffs that end violently.  Every one of his films pack an emotional wallop, and “Wind River” is no different.    

 

The film opens with a young woman running barefoot in the deadly cold climate of the open Wyoming frozeness.  This woman is later found dead in the snow by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent Cory Lambert, played by a very stoic Jeremy Renner.  Cory knows the girl's father (played by outstanding Gil Birmingham) and tells him the horrific news, news that he has had to endure himself losing his daughter only recentlyl to similar circumstances.  Cory is a hunter and vows to his friend that he will find who did this.  Turns out when a young female F.B.I. agent Jane Banner (played by fellow Avenger Elizabeth Olsen) is put on the case, she quickly realizes that his skills are necessary to solve the case.  

In both Sicario and Wind River, Sheridan gives us strong female characters of power who are placed in settings that they may be in over their head but gives them intelligence and a backbone to proceed through.  Olsen, like Emily Blunt, has a quiet but assertive power behind that pretty face that too often gets dismissed.  Sheridan does gives another fine gift by not forcing our two leads to fall in love with each other when the story serves it not.  I was on the edge of my seat as the story escalated quickly to the climax.  Sheridan puts you in a world unbeknownst to most, and isn’t that why we go to the movies.  Go to this movie.  

Psalm 34:18

 

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