An FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) and a local tracker (Jeremy Renner) probe a murder at a Native American reservation. Jon Bernthal co-stars. Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) makes his directorial debut with this thriller, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Wind River is Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut after writing Sicario and and Hell or High Water. After seeing Wind River, I think it’s safe to say that not only is Sheridan one of the best writers, but also a very promising directorial commodity. His newest film is a thrilling masterclass in directing and suspense. Wind River is one of the best films of the year and a must see.
I was pretty much had me sucked into Wind River from the first 5 minutes. This film absolutely flies by I was so into the narrative that I didn’t even realize the movie was close to ending. The film sneaks up on you so quickly that you’re almost shocked when the climax is happening. It’s not like there’s no buildup either it’s there just hardly noticeable. The conclusion is also incredibly satisfying here, I really can’t think of a better way to end this film. Some of the wide shots in WR are absolutely breathtaking and the setting of a snow drenched Indian reservation in Wyoming almost becomes a character in itself. Wind River is a very visually driven film but the visuals come second to the the fantastic script. The dialogue is very raw, this film is very down to earth and feels so realistic and heartbreaking.
A lot of the gritty realism of Wind River is because of the amazing cast. Elizabeth Olsen shows some depth that I have never seen from her before and it was a welcome change seeing her in such a powerful role. However, the real standout in Wind River is Jeremy Renner. This is by far the best performance of his career. He gives such a raw and reserved performance that is truly one of the best so far this year. You can really feel the emotion behind his performance, and you can really sense the motivation behind his character.
Wind River is an amazing and suspense filled film. It has a lot to say about the mistreatment of Native Americans and its message is pretty powerful. Wind River has now officially solidified Taylor Sheridan as one of the best writers working today. If you’re seeing one movie in the very empty last weekend of August make it Wind River you won’t be disappointed.