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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wind River (2017)

As a furious ice storm approaches, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent (Jeremy Renner) discovers the body of an Indian girl (Kelsey Chow) who has been beaten and raped. An inexperienced FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) is sent to investigate but she finds herself in over her head. Together, they will find themselves drawn into the darkness of this shocking crime. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan in his feature directorial debut. This is an incredibly intense and dark thriller, perhaps the closest I can compare it to is SILENCE OF THE LAMBS though it never achieves that level of greatness. While clearly Sheridan has an agenda (the marginalization of the Native American), he doesn't hammer you over the head with it. Both Renner and Olsen take well written parts and amp up the characters by investing them with more than is on the written page. As expected from the pen of Sheridan, who wrote HELL OR HIGH WATER and SICARIO, there will be carnage but it's not overdone. The excellent underscore is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES). Highly recommended. With Graham Greene (excellent), Gil Birmingham and Jon Bernthal.

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