The Reel Review
When a beautiful young Native American woman is found dead under mysterious circumstances at the remote Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, the rookie FBI agent assigned to the case (Elizabeth Olsen) enlists the help of a local game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to solve the crime.
On the heels of his critically-acclaimed Sicario and Hell or High Water (two of the best films of 2015 and 2016), writer Taylor Sheridan, in his directorial debut, again delivers an emotionally powerful, character-driven, pulse-pounding crime thriller that deftly captures the gritty realism of life in rural America – this time, on America’s seventh largest reservation in northwestern Wyoming.
Superb casting, captivating cinematography and a haunting score makes this powerful film even more riveting.
• During filming Shoshone tribal leaders met with Sheridan, revealing that, at that very time, there were 12 unsolved murders of young women on a reservation of about 6,000 people. A landmark 1978 Supreme Court ruling stripped tribes of the right to arrest and prosecute non-natives who commit crimes on native land.
• Wind River received an eight minute standing ovation at the end of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
• Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner also co-starred in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.