Wind River (Theaters-2017; Streaming-2017) Rated: R Runtime: 106-111 minutes
els – 8.0/10
IMDb – 7.8/10
Amazon – 4.5/5 stars
Rotten Tomatoes Critics – 7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Audience – 4.2/5
Metacritic Metascore – 73/100
Metacritic User Score – 7.7/10
Directed by: Taylor Sheridan
Written by: Taylor Sheridan
Produced by: Elizabeth A Bell, Peter Berg, Matthew George
Music by: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham
Martin (Gil Birmingham) and Annie (Althea Sam) are confined to the every darkening mists of sorrow, bereft of solace, by the rape and murder of their 18 year daughter, Natalie; a horror that is brutally shocking, but all too familiar in the land they call home: the Wind River Indian Reservation.
Jane Banner (Olsen), an inexperienced FBI agent, attempts to find the less-than-animals that brought Natalie’s life to a gruesome end; partnering with a Game and Fish predator hunter, Cory Lambert (Renner), who guides her through the mountainous topography of the Wyoming reservation, and interprets the signs left in the snow by dead souls and living monsters. Cory harbors his own ghosts through the loss of his daughter, also raped and murdered 3 years previous, creating undertones of remorse and revenge that reverberate throughout the movie.
Is there somethin’ I can do other than being here for you to ease the pain
If I can keep you from fallin’, fallin’ down’
I’m sorry to sound selfish but I feel so helpless
Is it okay if I stay here with you and cry for awhile
Whoever made the claim that words could ease the pain
Never watched you fall apart, never put you back together
When you were broken down, into a million pieces
Scattered on the ground
Is There Something I can Do by Five Star Iris on the 2006 Album Live Fools Music and Lyrics by Alan Schaefer and Dexter Green
Sheridan’s direction and screenplay provides a powerful vehicle for describing the suffering and despondency that attaches itself to a life of little hope and few rewards. Renner and Birmingham give everything in their true-to-life portrayals of men coping, and eventually fighting back against the pain of the helpless insight into knowing senseless, tragic death.
A movie to see, and then, to see again.