Wind River

1 h 46 min2017X-RayR
A chilling murder mystery set in the icy backwoods of a Native American Reservation, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner.
Taylor Sheridan
Jeremy RennerElizabeth OlsenJon Bernthal
English [CC]
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Martin SensmeierGil BirminghamKelsey Asbille
Basil IwanykPeter BergMatthew GeorgeWayne L. RogersElizabeth A. Bell
R (Restricted)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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BarstowReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Intense--not everything is factual (I spent every summer going to ...
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Intense--not everything is factual (I spent every summer going to the Wind River Rez) and they are some of the most patriotic folks in the US. Their Sun Dance lodge is flanked by two American flags and at powwow the veterans are the first ones out dancing. Think it's important to point that out b/c I've never seen a shredded US flag hanging upside down as depicted in the film. Most of the film is shot in Utah and not in Wyoming which is unfortunate b/c the Wind River Range is absolutely stunning and mystifying. However, the story tugs at your heart and that's why I felt compelled to buy it after seeing it in the theatre. It's a reminder that the Native Americans still live a hard life after everything they've endured in their past. If anything, I hope this film will remind Americans that we have issues in our own backyard that are being completely ignored.
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James MReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
A cold walk through death and redemption
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There is a reason why this movie has a high stars... it simply deserves them. It is solid on so many levels that overall you are left feeling like you have been sitting in the snow for a few hours with only your underpants on. The pace is even and has a good balance of tension, suspense, action and intrigue but in truth I feel the director was going for something deeper. And it is achieved in the frosty surroundings of the mountainous expanse, the raw, expressionless facade of death and the cold, simple and soft tone of the primary character Cory Lambert. As I said... you are left quite chilled.
Jeremy Renner plays Cory Lambert, a hunter for the Fish & Wildlife department helping Elizabeth Olsen, a young FBI agent investigate the homicide of a young girl on an Indian reservation. As the movie churns on you get background on Renner's character, from his divorce to his skills as a tracker to the loss of his daughter who was best friends to the girl killed on the reservation. Any more to the story line would be a spoiler alert.
What is most noticeable about this movie is the skillful way that the cold and ice of the scenery start to creep into your skin as you watch it. You can't help but be overwhelmed by the beautiful but chilling backdrop to the whole story line. Every character you come into contact with seems to be infected with the shear icy desolation of the place. Those that live there are either depressed by, jaded by it or killed by it.
This movie movies at medium pace, carrying you along to each turn ready to share a unique twist that never lets you down. Renner's character promises you the truth and all the way to the end it never lets you down. What you want when you start watching this movie is justice for the girl and then somewhere in the middle you want justice for Renner's character... but what you get in the end is indescribable. Rated R for some gore, blood and body parts (morgue), there is also bad language in parts as well as a rape scene.
Taylor Sheridan gets high marks for creating a chilling murder mystery. You will not regret the rental and for Renner fans it is worth the purchase.
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TommyCobbsReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wind River - A Review (Highly Recommend)
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With this poignant script Jeremy Renner shines. The film, both filled with action and sadness, distilles the heartache of loss and separation, the brutality of humanity and the powerful emotions that binds true friendship.
I’ve watched this movie four times now, and every time my emotions have been torn by the raw humanity that reveals the base evil capable of man and the pure love that can unite us in times of such brutality.
Powerful film - don’t miss it.
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Melissa WalkerReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
My newest favorite. Rented one night and purchased a few days ...
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My newest favorite. Rented one night and purchased a few days later.

While scrolling through the reviews, I see some interesting interpretations. In my humble opinion - Elizabeth Olsen does not play the main character - Jeremy Renner does. I say this because Olsen's character has almost no backstory. Renner's, on the other hand, has a very emotional backstory - which is particularly relevant to the story's conflict, characters, etc.

And I think the pacing of the story is very intentional. If it seems to move slowly, that's because we're supposed to be paying attention to the dialogue and piecing things together. I suspect the ending wasn't meant to be any sort of 'twist.' It's as if the writer is leading us as quickly as possible - hoping we'll figure out what happened before the final act begins; that's what really drives the tension.

I remember reading somewhere that 'Olsen and Renner have no chemistry.' What does that even mean? Were you expecting a romance? It's not that kind of story. Like many American adults, I've watched a lot of movies and seen quite a bit of bad acting. If you see any bad acting in this movie - it won't be Olsen or Renner. Actually, considering the subject matter, everyone in Wind River deserves a gold star AND a cookie.
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Crystal GReviewed in the United States on February 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Soul crushingly sad
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This is definitely one of the best movies of 2017. The story centers around the mystery of a dead native American girl/woman (18 years old). It is not an action thriller. It is a "deliberately paced" (read slow) mystery, but I was never bored. If you liked "The Killing" or "Broadchurch" you will probably like this too. The pace allowed proper character development. With the exception of the "bad guy" revealed at the end, all the characters are nuanced and interesting. Ultimately, I cared about what happened to each of them. The ending is satisfying, but not happy.

Renner gives a wonderfully understated and brilliant performance as the protagonist. His characters is broken but pushes past his own pain to help the people he cares about. He is a gun carrying hunter, but lacks any male bravado you would expect from Hollywood. He cries, he hugs, he is gentle with others but never once comes across as a wimp. He is rugged and sincere, a High Noon Marshall Kane type.

Olsen also turns in a great performance, but her characters is mostly expositional. She plays an in-over-her-head FBI agent, who is also free of typical Hollywood tropes. She is assertive and confident, but also smart enough to ask for help when she needs it and to apologizes when she is wrong. She is no wilting flower, but also not the caustic shrew we would typically get for a woman FBI agent. We learn about the reservation and protagonist through her eyes. We see the brokenness and nobility without any sanctimony, guilt or lectures.

Graham Greene play the same character in which he is usually cast. But, he continues to play the Reservation chief of polices exceptionally well. He is disappointed when he meets Olsen's character, the young lone agent sent to investigate, but fails to treat her with contempt. He expresses his sadness and frustration, at the lack of help, with the gusto of a man who accepted his lot in life long ago. But because our young agent clearly cares about the victim and justice, he attempts to gently mentor her while still respecting her authority.
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Marc L. LeRouxReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Cliche' formula of the evil white man against the good "natives" and a couple "good" whites.
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I hoped for something more factual, but what I got was a gratuitous fiction that does nothing to inform about the true problem of domestic violence on reservations. After a predictable plot plays out, posing - wouldn't you know it - an evil oil drilling crew - who isn't just packing guns for some hunting in the wilderness, but enough hardware to fight in Afghanistan, fight it out with the local reservation police, a "great white hunter" who's got the job of hunting wild predators because, well, I guess the "natives" are too busy getting high or being bitter, teamed up with a typical, in charge, beautiful, blonde/blue and above all PC FBI agent who quickly takes charge of all the dumb males who can't get along when they all pull their guns on one another while squabbling over jurisdiction. But she doesn't know what a coroner's job entails. Neither does the audience, apparently. So they argue about a plain point of law - coroner's are not judges or even police officers. They just list the cause of death - not characterize it. When the mess resolves itself, a caption about the unknown amount to "native" women that disappear on reservations because no one counts them. Feel guilty white people. But the reason the number isn't known is because the reservation police don't count them because the women aren't being killed by outsiders, as depicted in this howler of a film. All this film does is enforce questionable cliches, impel more hate, and cover up the real mess on the reservations. I know a little about it. But it's too much to write on about here. Don't worry about it, just make that trip to the casino and pony up at the game machines.
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OBrienReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wind River is Outstanding
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This is not a movie you can easily forget. It is intense. It stays with you for days.
Jeremy Renner has never been better. It is his character that pulls the whole movie together and makes the experience consequential. Elizabeth Olsen is surprisingly good.

This movie does not sugarcoat its subject matter. It is hair-raising, chilling. The plot is excellent. The movie is not really like anything I have seen before. The setting is bleak, harsh; the characters understand where they live and that life is hard. The storyline is heart breaking.

Technically, this is a "crime thriller" but its really more about character. I don't believe any actor could have pulled this off the way Renner does.

Highly recommend this movie.
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Mark BeckfordReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fantastic but tragic murder mystery thriller
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"You can't steer from the pain. If you do, you'll rob yourself." - see below for full quote.

Wind River is a fantastic, gripping and tragic murder mystery set on a frigid Wyoming Native American reservation.

The writer/director Taylor Sheridan hits his stride with this one. He channels the pain of those that have lost children and the harsh realities of life on the reservation.

He also choreographed several scenes that are some of the most intense action scenes in any movie, period.

Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen literally disappear into their roles as the game warden and FBI agent respectively. That is no small task given the notoriety they've gained with their roles in The Avengers

This is one of those movies you can watch multiple times and still enjoy every moment. I can't wait to see his next endeavor.

Full dialogue of above quote:
"I'd like to tell you it gets easier. it doesn't. If there's any... comfort, it's... getting used to the pain, I suppose. Went to a grief seminar in Casper. Did you know that? I don't know why. Just wanted the bad to go away. Wanted answers... to questions that couldn't be answered. The counselor come up to me after the seminar and sat down next to me. And he said something that stuck with me. I don't know if it's what he said, or how he said it. He says, "I got some good news, and I got some bad news. Bad news is you're never gonna be the same. You're never gonna be whole, not ever again. You lost your daughter. Nothing's ever going to replace that. Now the good news is, as soon as you accept that, and you let yourself suffer... you allow yourself to visit her in your mind, and you'll remember all the love she gave you, all the joy she knew." Point is, Martin, you can't steer from the pain. If you do, you'll rob yourself... You'll rob yourself of every memory of her. Every last one. From her first step to her last smile. Kill 'em all. Just take the pain, Martin. You hear me? You take it. It's the only way you'll keep her with you."
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