Set in Wyoming's remote Indian reservation of Wind River, this Cannes award-winning directorial debut from Taylor Sheridan, the actor-turned-screenwriter of Sicario and Hell or High Water, is a tense, engrossing murder mystery with something to say.
After a young American Indian woman is murdered, rookie FBI agent Elizabeth Olsen is sent to lead the investigation but quickly discovers that the rugged, snow-bound Wind River is a place where it is the law of nature, not the rule of law, that is paramount. Partnered with Jeremy Renner's tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past, she finds herself deep into a world ravaged by violence and the elements
Jeremy Renner's outstanding performance plus a plaintive score from Nick Cave and fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis contribute much to a tense, engrossing murder mystery which magnificently invokes the spirit of past classic hardboiled noir crime thrillers alongside a contemporary relevance:
“Wind River explores perhaps the most tangible remnant of America’s frontier, and America’s greatest failure -- the Native American reservation. It is a brutal place where the landscape itself is an antagonist. It is a place where addiction and murder kills more than cancer, and rape is considered a rite of passage for girls on the cusp of womanhood. No place in North America has changed less in the past century, and no place in America has suffered more from the changes that have taken place.” - Taylor Sheridan