Movie Review – Wind River (2017)

So much snow.  So much ennui.

BQB here with a review of “Wind River.”

When a young woman’s body is discovered on Native American reservation land, it’s up to an unlikely trio to solve the mystery.  Said trio consists of Corey Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a mountain lion hunter for the U.S. Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, super hot rookie agent out of her depth Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), and grumpy old tribal police chief Ben (Graham Greene) to solve the mystery.

Those who have never been there (myself included) might thing of life in Wyoming as clean, country living – wide open spaces

When a young woman’s body is discovered on Native American reservation land, it’s up to an unlikely trio to solve the mystery.  Said trio consists of Corey Lambert (Jeremy Renner), a mountain lion hunter for the U.S. Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, super hot rookie agent out of her depth Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), and grumpy old tribal police chief Ben (Graham Greene) to solve the mystery.

Those who have never been there (myself included) might thing of life in Wyoming as clean, country living – wide open spaces devoid of harsh urban crime.  Think again because apparently, according to whoever wrote this film, it really sucks to live in Wyoming.  It sucks real bad.

It sucks even worse to live on a Native American reservation.  The film gives us a look into the challenges of reservation life – the land is cold, unforgiving, undeveloped and there isn’t much to do there.  Native American parents have to deal with their dumb kids wearing backwards hats, taking drugs and blaring their rap music as they rebel against their humdrum lives so yeah, pretty much what happens in any family with teenagers. with the exception that opportunities for the natives to rise above it, make money and become successful are few and far between.

Crime exists and worse, there are few resources to deal with it.  As stated in the film, the reservation is the size of Rhode Island yet the tribal police department only has six officers.  The Federal government of yesteryear pushed the natives here but the Federal government of today isn’t doing much to help them.

Oh and because the terrain is so harsh and undeveloped, it often takes a fifty mile drive or a long trek on a snowmobile to get to a point that is only five miles away.

Further, as the film points out, Native American women often go missing and because statistics are not kept, it is difficult to determine how or why this happens.  Alas, perverts and creeps abound and due to the wide open spaces and little law enforcement to patrol such vast lands, it is easy for a pervert and/or creep to engage in perverted, creepy activities, preying upon the innocent with reckless abandon.

So yeah, if anyone in charge happens to catch this movie, the good people of Wyoming, especially the native people, need some assistance.

Renner and Olsen get to exercise their acting chops.  Fun fact, this isn’t the first time these two have worked together.  It’s just the first time they have worked together while not wearing tights.  That’s right.  In the Avengers films, Olsen is Scarlett Witch and Renner is Hawkeye.

While their comic book alter egos are fun, Renner and Olsen get real here.  Olsen is super hot and boner inducing, not to mention a young woman who appears to be full of hope about life.  She’s green, not having been with the FBI long and it’s up to Lambert and Ben to educate her as to what life is like in a corner of the world where life is a daily, seemingly insurmountable struggle.

Renner is his usual grumpy, stoic self, though that works here as a typical cowboy/hunter.  His character, Lambert, suffers from his own past demons and sees this case as a path toward redemption.  Further, since he is not a cop, he has the ability to act outside the law, which at times, puts him at odds with Banner.

At any rate, it’s a film that isn’t getting a lot of heat but it deserves some.  Overall, it’s a good mystery and while there are times when it is slow, the ending, which I won’t give away, will make your butt pucker.  Did I ruin it by saying that the ending will make your butt pucker?  Hmm, I probably did because now you will be expecting it.  Oh well.  Forget I said anything.

STATUS: Shelf-worthy.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Movie Review – Wind River (2017)

  1. I was planning to see this one way or another. But I ask, is it appropriate to see said film with my hubs when Renner is my fantasy material and I’m watching just to stock up the film archive in my mind? LOL

    • Did we have this conversation once before? I always think he’s kind of like, just some dude that stumbled into Hollywood and they gave him a job by accident and he never said anything so they keep giving him stuff. He is good in this though.

      • If you see his early work, he is an amazing actor. He has real ability, he just gets served a lot of action flicks. I don’t mind cause I like to see him take his clothes off. smiles

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