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Wind River (2017)

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A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

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Taylor Sheridan

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Taylor Sheridan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelsey Asbille ... Natalie
Jeremy Renner ... Cory Lambert
Julia Jones ... Wilma
Teo Briones ... Casey
Apesanahkwat ... Dan Crowheart
Graham Greene ... Ben
Elizabeth Olsen ... Jane Banner
Tantoo Cardinal ... Alice Crowheart
Eric Lange ... Dr. Whitehurst
Gil Birmingham ... Martin
Althea Sam ... Annie
Tokala Black Elk ... Sam Littlefeather (as Tokala Clifford)
Martin Sensmeier ... Chip
Tyler Laracca ... Frank
Shayne J. Cullen ... BIA Officer #1 (as Shayne Joel Cullen)
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Storyline

East of Boulder Flats, deep into the vast and unforgiving white territory of the Wind River Indian Reservation, the seasoned game tracker, Cory Lambert, discovers the frozen body of the young Native American, Natalie. As this is a federal crime, the F.B.I. dispatches the inexperienced but courageous agent Jane Banner to lead the investigation, however, the unprepared outsider will soon team up with Cory to unravel the mystery of Natalie's murder. Before long, Cory will inevitably have to face his own past, while at the same time, both he and Jane are thirsting to see justice done. In the end, will this be a fruitful alliance? Written by Nick Riganas

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Danger comes with the territory. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, a rape, disturbing images, and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wind River See more »

Filming Locations:

Park City Studios, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,558, 6 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,800,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,998,252
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jeremy Renner was the director's first choice for the lead role but as he was busy shooting Arrival (2016) at that time, Taylor Sheridan approached Chris Pine who later had to drop out because of his role in Wonder Woman (2017). Coincidentally, Renner's schedule opened up and was roped in for the role. See more »

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When Cory is looking through the pictures in Natalie's room near the end of the film, he sees a picture of Natalie and Emily in graduation gowns. Yet, Cory had said earlier in the film that Emily had died three years earlier at the age of sixteen. Natalie doesn't look substantially younger in this photo than she did in other parts of the film, so this would appear to be a high school graduation photo for a high school graduation Emily didn't live to see. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Natalie: [narrating] There is a meadow in my perfect world. Where wind dances the branches of the tree, casting leopards spots of light across the face of pond. The tree stands tall, and grand, and alone, shading the world beneath it.
Natalie: [girl running frantically] It's here, in the cradle of all I hold dear.
[she falls]
Natalie: I guard every memory of you. And when I find myself frozen in the mud of the real... far from your loving eyes, I will return to this place, close mine, and take solace in the ...
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Taylor Sheridan depicts another dilapidated region of America
30 August 2017 | by Jared_AndrewsSee all my reviews

If you've seen any of Taylor Sheridan's previous work, you probably noted that he has a certain style. He tells stories about ways of life in dilapidated regions of the country. He blurs the lines between "good guys" and "bad guys," instead framing the status of the selected region as the truest villain. What's right and wrong, considering all the unique variables of each story, is not always clear. At least, that was case in Sicario and Hell or High Water.

In Wind River, the region is still presented with all the strain that is causes on the lives of its residents, but a much more obvious villain is revealed before the movie is over.

Hell of High Water frames the crumbling economy of a certain Texas region as the real source of evil, rather than any characters. Whereas in Wind River the source of evil is definitely the rapist. I mean, the rapist attempts to blame the cold and silence, but his actions were clearly much worse than bad weather.

Sheridan's previous films also left doubt about who were the heroes, who the audience should be rooting for. This time it was much less ambiguous—they were the people searching for the rapist.

An emerging theme in Sheridan's movies appears to be Tarantinoesque eruptions of violence, sometimes near the conclusion. They don't always reach the levels of the Django Unchained shootout, but Sheridan clearly isn't shy about showcasing the unforgiving damage that can be inflicted by firearms.

Complaints, I have a few. On more than one occasion, I legitimately could not understand what a character had said, so I was left wondering if I missed something important. I'm not sure if this manner of speaking was a choice made by the actors or if this was a decision made by Sheridan to establish a certain tone. Either way, I could have used less mumbling.

The other complaint that I have, and this is more serious, the middle third of the movie felt like it contained a lot of empty moments. This may or may not have been related to the times that I couldn't understand what a character said. Still, the movie could have used a bit of its fat trimmed. It wasn't as crisp and clean as Hell or High Water and Sicario. And I know I keep comparing this movie to Sheridan's others, but that's bound to happen when a writer sets the bar so high with two gems.

On the whole, I consider this a success for Sheridan in his directorial debut. I'd happily watch another story of his about justice and an overlooked culture.


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