'Wind River' proves that indie filmmakers deserve more recognition.
Wind River tells the true story of an FBI agent who tens with a town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.
A big thank you to the likes of actor, writer, and now director Taylor Sheridan for having two successful scripts with female leads that don’t have sex as a major part of the story. It’s hard, nowadays, to find films and television shows that aren’t stained with this in graphic detail. Even though the film is centred around a rape of a young Native American woman, it doesn’t show the gruesomeness in its full extent.
Wind River takes us into rural America, far away from the world and cities that we’ve become used to seeing on the big screen. Those in rural Wyoming are tough and there’s no mucking around, really showing characters at the edge of darkness. The exhaustiveness of the city doesn’t reach here but it doesn’t mean these people are simple whatsoever – there’s more richness and complexity than the fake attitude and deceitfulness that may come with the supposed “high life” that we’re conditioned to aspire to, though it’s nothing but an empty shell of what it presents itself to be. People here work hard and have been through much, causing their bitter and resentful attitude’s to stir.
It’s really a shame that this film isn’t as widely recognised as Sheridan’s previous work in Hell Or High Water starring Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Foster that was released at the end of last year or even Sicario with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin from 2015. It’s a film worth searching for to see at the cinemas as he’s tension and subtitles make him one of the best filmmakers of our time. There’s something about Sheridan’s films that are just so profound and thrilling as he brings to life an array of diversity in his gripping stories.
What’s disappointing is what it’s such a shame that those like Sheridan and even Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter, Midnight Special) are overpowered by the bloated, over glorified filmmakers saturating the market today. Hollywood, however, will always look at the ticket sales instead of the work being produced, making it harder for those like Sheridan and Nichols to get their films made and released into the world.
Wind River is a complex and cleverly written thriller that starts out as a typical ‘whodunnit’ but becomes so much more than that. It’s about retribution and the clash between the outsider’s and locals, between the whites and natives, as a level of frustration arises from this murder investigation that brings up all these kinds of cultural suspicions.
In many ways, Elizabeth Olsen proves herself to be a formidable actress and the better actress of the Olsen family. She’s a character out of her element but this could also be a very good vantage point for us to see through. She’s supported by Jeremy Renner, who’s a man of few words but his actions definitely mean more than the little words he speaks. Their dynamic is not something like that of an odd-duo, it’s more the both of them trying to prove themselves in their environments.
It’s been a long time since we had a thriller that was as good as this.
All of us keep saying that we dread the day wolverine, iron man, Thor, etc are recasted in like 20 or 30 years and like I’m right there with y'all
I’m more pissed about Deadpool getting recasted than anything
Like Ryan Reynolds spent what? 12 years on that role? Spent money out of his own goddamn pocket making that movie possible and believed in it when no one else did and made it into something special and one day some other person is just gonna take all of that away from him.
They’re not gonna do shit bc everyone loves Deadpool now and that makes me so mad.
Ryan put so much into it and he’s the Deadpool we deserve and is what makes that role so special and I never want to see the day that gets taken away from him and all those younger generations forget about him.
Factured right elbow and a broken left wrist after a stunt gone wrong. Wishing Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) a speedy recovery in time for his Avengers scenes (which he himself has assured he’ll be healed up for)!