Wind River (2017)
Critic Consensus: Wind River lures viewers into a character-driven mystery with smart writing, a strong cast, and a skillfully rendered setting that delivers the bitter chill promised by its title.
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as Cory Lambert
as Jane Banner
as Pete Mickens
as Dan Crowheart
as Alice Crowheart
as Dr. Whitehurst
as Sam Littlefeather
as BIA Officer #1
as BIA Officer #2
as Contractor #1
as Contractor #2
as Contractor #3
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Critic Reviews for Wind River
At a deep and icy level, Wind River is about power. . . There's something else going on here, and white masculinity is at its heart. The movie that can wring catharsis out of that will be a long time coming.
[Wind River] is still a film worth seeing-as, one hopes, will be whatever films lie in Sheridan's promising future.
[Taylor] Sheridan paints a searing picture of life on society's margins - people who live with 'silence and snow' and not much else.
The pace was breakneck in Sheridan's previous thrillers, but in this whodunit the mood is more ruminative and the dialogue is portentous.
Sheridan has professed admiration for Clint Eastwood's towering anti-Western "Unforgiven" and dark-night-of-the-soul dramas from Michael Mann. Both are reference points for his adept mix of masculine posturing and wounded soul-searching.
Audience Reviews for Wind River
I nearly bought this as I like most of Elizabeth Olsen's movies. So glad I did a 99c rental instead. Really wasn't into this at all.
Taylor Sheridan is an excellent screenwriter but here directs a barely average effort that, despite Renner's solid performance, fails to be cohesive enough and offer compelling motivations for Olsen's character, who is mostly wasted and doesn't have that much to do in all this.
Taylor Sheridan's third film of his Trilogy about the modern American trilogy is the gloomiest. The hunt for a murderer and rapist in the snowy Wyoming mountains is as chilly as it sounds, driven by great acting and culminates in a burst of violence. 50 years ago this film, similar to the two unrelated predecessors, would have worked perfectly as a western movie. It basically still is one. Outstanding work by everyone involved.
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