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Wind River (2017)

Director:
Taylor Sheridan
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Western/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Wind River
RUNNING TIME
111 minutes
Producer:
Matthew George
Basil Iwanyk
Peter Berg
Wayne L. Rogers
Screenwriter:
Taylor Sheridan


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Cory Lambert Jeremy Renner
Jane Banner Elizabeth Olsen
Martin Hanson Gil Birmingham
Matt Rayburn Jon Bernthal
Wilma Julia Jones
Natalie Hanson Kelsey Chow
Ben Graham Greene
Chip Hanson Martin Sensmeier

 

Review

In the third film of Taylor Sheridan's so-called American Frontier trilogy, incidentally the first of them he also directed as well as wrote, it's not the writing which stands out, but rather the direction. As with the brilliant Hell or High Water from last year, Wind River is a film about forgotten communities in remote parts of the United States. The story deals with a suspicious disapperance and death in Wind River Indian Reservation, a region where the film tells us that disappearances of girls in particular are frequent and don't necessarily get investigated. These are harsh lands and conditions to live in, and the desolate apathy of these characters are thrown at us from the outset, as Sheridan wants us to feel the constant cold and hardships of the place. The story is interesting as a classically structured whodunnit. What really stands out with Wind River, however, is Sheridan's skill in setting up scenes and making every one of them almost boil over with suspense. In this respect the film is reminiscent of Jeff Nichols' work (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter), another young filmmaker with his heart and soul in rural USA.

Copyright 01.01.2018 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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