“Wind River” Review

10 September, 2017

Director: Taylor Sheridan
Screenwriter: Taylor Sheridan
Director of Photography: Ben Richardson
Cast: 
Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Kelsey Asbille

Synopsis: After uncovering the body of a young woman on the snowy planes of the Wind River Indian Reservation, a huntsman and an FBI agent form an unlikely alliance as they seek out those responsible for a brutal rape which left two residents dead.

Wind River Review:

A snow-capped thriller set in the barren icelands of a Wyoming’s forgotten Indian territory, “Wind River” crunches like sleet between the toes, swirling from a cool breeze into a raging blizzard with each stride as the story behind a frozen beauty lost in the snow unravels with the odiousness of its irreversible night still intact. Nordic in virtue with hints of lethargy framing its depressive temperament, the movie takes tragedy on the chin, looking outwards towards the bigger picture as it mopes in a land built on centuries of bloodshed.

An expected turn from “Sicario” writer-turned-director Taylor Sheridan whose work on “Hell or High Water” naturally paves the way for a similarly morose and equally unrecognisable take on the traditional Western, “Wind River” is charged by the high-speed rough and tumble of Cowboys and Indians but its manner disorientates from the truth, putting two of the most boring words in the English language together to create the title of a one-watch murder mystery.

Although it sounds like the kind of dull paperback that one might purchase while rushing through the checkout in a hurry at the airport, “Wind River” is an examination at the heart of Native America that’s rarely explored on the big screen and it’s realised in the horrors of a crisp white landscape tarnished by an invisible blood trace. Expertly shot but perhaps a little too opportunistic to win points for diversity, “Wind River” captures the tears of a shunned and strangled civilisation; a collective still reeling, still suffering away from the real world whose uncapped rage manifests itself in a breadcrumb trail of frostbitten corpses strewn across the curves of a lost territory.

 

   

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