Wind River (2017) – slowly but surely


WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan (HELL OR HIGH WATER, SICARIO).


U.S. Fish & Wildlife agent Cory Lambert discovers a body in the rugged wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The FBI sends in rookie agent Jane Banner, but she’s unprepared for the difficulties created by the oppressive weather and isolation of the Wyoming winter. When she employs Cory as a tracker, the two venture deep into a world ravaged by violence and the elements. Wind River is a stark look at life on the edge of an imposing wilderness, where the rule of law is eclipsed by the laws of nature.



IMDB 7.8/10

Audience Score 91%

Critics Consensus: Wind River lures viewers into a character-driven mystery with smart writing, a strong cast, and a skillfully rendered setting that delivers the bitter chill promised by its title.



American Indian Film Festival 2017

American Indian Movie Award
Best Actor
Graham Greene (actor)
Best Film
Taylor Sheridan

Cannes Film Festival 2017

Un Certain Regard – Best Director
Taylor Sheridan
Golden Camera
Taylor Sheridan
Un Certain Regard Award
Taylor Sheridan

Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2018

Best Overlooked Film

Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2017

Adrienne Shelly Award


Personal view

This is an excellent movie. Well acted, well-directed, every scene has a purpose to the story (Almost refreshing). Even if you are not the greatest fan of Jeremy Renner (like me) you can’t say he did an excellent job in this movie. This might be the first movie I’ve seen that takes place with Indians and snow. Combined with good sound, the whole mix just works.

The movie is advertised as a thriller but it feels more like a drama crime story with a little bit of suspense in it.



Release information

August 2017 Theatrical release


107 minutes


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