Taylor Sheridan, the Academy Award-nominated writer of Sicario and Hell Or High Water (SWIFF '17), makes his directorial debut with Wind River, a thrilling, haunting tale of death and survival in the depths of winter.
Starring an enigmatic Jeremy Renner, who here embodies the old West notion of "true grit" with quiet and affecting impact as Cory Lambert, a tracker for the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, with deep community ties and a haunted past. Lambert's loner mindset is tested with the arrival of Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen – also in Ingrid Goes West), a rookie FBI agent who has been called in by the Tribal Police (led by Dances with Wolves star Graham Greene), to investigate the mysterious killing of a local girl on a remote Native American reservation.
Like the snow, the mystery here deepens by the minute, building a picture of both the present and past of this unforgiving and violent land. Sheridan mixes suspense and social commentary in a story about those left behind emotionally and economically, driven by the superb screen chemistry between Renner, Olsen and Greene, and the delivery of another great score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (who also soundtracked Sheridan's Hell or High Water), Wind River is a masterful badlands odyssey that is once both a stark and haunting 21st century Western thriller.