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Wind River

This film by Taylor Sheridan, the screenwriter for Sicario and Hell or High Water as well as Wind River, is inspired by true events and tells the story of the murder of a young Native American woman on the Wind River Indian reservation in Wyoming. Cory (Jeremy Renner), a troubled expert hunter who is in the back woods on a job, discovers the body of a young woman frozen in the snow.  FBI Agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is called, and the two team up to solve the case. The directing is remarkable. The various plot details reveal themselves slowly from the very beginning while simultaneously telling a powerful story about context of the lives of the people who live on the reservation. The dialog is incredible – the words are spare but often profound. The score is haunting and beautifully complements the story, and the cinematography capturing the cold Wyoming mountains is stunning. Probably the best thing about the film is Jeremy Renner’s performance; he seems to be completely absorbed into the grief, always near the surface, of his character. There is a satisfaction in the ending similar to the ending of Hell or High Water. Big thumbs up from me; my aunt and uncle saw it with me also really liked it. We talked about it being very intense but also a fine piece of storytelling. Once it started, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen.

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