Drama | English | 107 minutes
On the Wind River Native American Reservation, Cory Lambert, a tracker of mountain lions killing livestock, discovers the frostbitten body of teenager, Natalie Hanson. Since the FBI has jurisdiction over murder cases on Indian reservations, FBI Special Agent Jane Banner arrives to investigate. As a tracker with knowledge of the land, Lambert agrees to assist Banner. Also assisting is the Tribal Police Chief Ben Shoyo. Banner learns that Natalie had a boyfriend, Matt Rayburn, who was a security guard at a nearby oil drilling site. In a flashback, Natalie is in bed in Matt’s trailer, both are in love. Matt and Natalie are attacked by drunken security guards. Matt is beaten to death while Natalie escapes. Not fully clothed and running in sub-zero temperature, Natalie succumbs. Lambert, Banner, and Shoyo, now realizing what happened, arrive at the drilling site and confront the guards. They are determined that justice will be done.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
- Metacritic Score: 73
- Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Taylor Sheridan)
- Hollywood Film Awards: Winner, Best Breakthrough Director (Taylor Sheridan)
- Directors Guild of America: Nominated, Outstanding Directorial Achievement (Taylor Sheridan)
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Winner, Best Film; Best Actor (Jeremy Renner)
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Writer/director Taylor Sheridan wants us to know these people, this terrain, to feel the bite of the cold and the lonely sting of their lives. He immerses us in a place ruled by snow and silence and uses the revelation of that atmosphere as the ultimate explanation of the crimes he’s unraveling.
The film’s ultimate statement sinks in later, with an expanded awareness that the justice done by the good guys in this film is not nearly sufficient with respect to the injustice done to Native Americans.
WIND RIVER is a smart and very satisfying movie.
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