Directed by Taylor Sheridan, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Hell Or
High Water and Sicario, Wind River is a nail biting thriller that’s
possibly one of the best movies of the year so far.
Jeremy Renner, giving one of the best, if not the best, performance of his
career, plays Cory Lambert a tracker who works for the US Fish and Wildlife
Service on the Wind River Indian Reservation in the wilds of Wyoming. His
main job is tracking down wolves and big cats’ that threaten the local
livestock. Lambert is out on one such hunting trip when he comes across the
frozen body of 18-year old Natalie Hanson (Kelsey Chow).
Hanson has been sexually assaulted and when rookie FBI agent Jane Banner
(Elizabeth Olsen) turns up to take charge of the investigation Lambert
finds himself having to help the naive detective track down her murderer.
Helped by the local tribal police chief (Graham Green) the clues start to
point to various different people in the small close knit community.
Promising Natalie’s grief-stricken father that he’ll dish out his own form
of justice to the killer, Lambert is torn between helping Banner and going
all out for revenge.
Beautifully photographed in the Wyoming Mountains you can almost feel the
cold biting into your bones as you watch the movie.
The secret of any good thriller is to keep you guessing until the end and
Wind River doesn’t disappoint, tense, touching and utterly compelling from
start to finish, Wind River makes it a hat trick of successes for Sheridan.