FILM REVIEW: WIND RIVER (15)

Instantly joining the ranks of the year’s best films (see forthcoming IT review for another movie that’s done the same) is this terrific psychological chiller – directed by the writer of Sicario.


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Renner stars as veteran game tracker Cory Lambert – a sharp-shooting gun-for-hire who takes out wolves, lions etc that are threatening livestock in the Wyoming wilderness – who stumbles across the frozen corpse of his now-deceased daughter’s former best friend (Kelsey Asbille).

With rape being a contributing factor to her death, rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Olsen), is brought in to investigate the Native American reservation-set murder – and soon a clever and methodically constructed drama unfolds.

It might be a bit of a slow burner for some tastes, but with top-notch acting, a hauntingly freezing setting, a sad side-story undertone, and a tense and twisting finale, writer/director Taylor Sheridan has definitely increased his stock in Hollywood.

And what flows is a breath of fresh air that is well worth breathing in.

Gavin Miller

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Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Teo Briones, Kelsey Asbille, Gil Birmingham, Julia Jones, Hugh Dillon, James Jordan & Jon Bernthal

Running Time: 1 Hr 47 Mins

Director: Taylor Sheridan

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