Wind River

Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
Wind River

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen star in a bone-chilling frontier murder mystery

The blisteringly cold landscape of Wyoming in winter is a character in itself – and one without much pity – in this western-inflected debut from Sicario and Hell and High Water screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. Lambert (Jeremy Renner, stoic and capable) is a hired gun for the government who patrols a Native American reservation, shooting the coyotes and mountain lions that prey on the local livestock. Out on the prairie one day he finds the body of a teenage girl; the FBI sends Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), who’s out of her comfort zone but smart enough to deputise Lambert, who reads tracks in the snow as unerringly as he reads people. Sheridan’s screenplay is a model of structure, nodding to The Silence of the Lambs with its storyline of women victimised and underestimated while exploring western tropes of frontier justice. A flashback is deployed late in the piece to devastating effect and Sheridan’s ear for fatalistic dialogue is bang on. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’s music broodingly underscores a elegiac mystery about fathers, children and the wild beasts the wilderness breeds.


Release details

Release date:
Thursday August 10 2017
107 mins

Cast and crew

Taylor Sheridan
Taylor Sheridan
Jeremy Renner
Elizabeth Olsen
Graham Greene

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