Review Film: WIND RIVER (2017)

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Isolated, cold, quiet, often struck by a violent blizzard. Wind River, reservation of the Indians in Wyoming is indeed the perfect stage telling the mystery of murder. Script director and scriptwriter Taylor Sheridan uses the characteristics of the location to build the atmosphere, explains the psychics of the characters, also spreads an obstacle for them. A meticulous approach that harmonizes with other Sheridan works such as Sicario and Hell or High Water. Despite having the main menu of solving the case, Wind River is not a conventional mystery while giving more spotlight on the victims and the beloved figure left behind, Opened by the sight of the sheep lurched by wolves, a chatter of billionaire millionaire millionaires was consumed, and then closed the fact that the absence of exact data on the number of missing Indian women, Wind River became a symbol of the strong (corporate, murderer) prey on the weak (Indian, ). Similar allegories had Sheridan apply in Sicario, the difference now the sheep are not helpless. Despite their predation, they launched their best resistance, as Natalie (Kelsey Chow), an 18-year-old girl who was found dead frozen after running about 8 kilometers without shoes and a cold protector. Before he died, it was suspected he had experienced violence and rape.

FWS (United States Fish and Wildlife Service) agent, Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is the first to find the body of Natalie, while in charge of hunting lions predators of livestock citizens. The case restored Cory's bitter memory, prompting her to assist Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen), an FBI agent. Cory is also a victim, but like the Indians on the Wind River who remain standing upright, he is unbreakable. As a hunter of a hunter (lion), Cory devotes all his skills to tracking down the whereabouts of Natalie's killer. In her best performance since The Hurt Locker, Renner is like the Wind River, calm outside, churning on the inside.

Similarly, the Sheridan script, rarely overflowing with emotions or surprises but has a remarkably solid structure. A smart dialogue line that always attracts the charm of each sentence, the clarity of each character's motivation, to the precision of the placement when leading the audience to the question, when to provide a sufficient answer, not too stingy that would bring frustration rather than tension, nor too much to disenchance attention . Like food, Sheridan understands the true shape and time of the appetizers present an interest in the story, the main dish in the form of conflict "filling", and dessert that closed everything with a sense of satisfaction.

Directed by Sheridan himself, the power of the Wind River script is fully channeled. Walk not so fast but tightly, supported by the flow of conversation that sometimes serves to play emotional dynamics or imply facts. In addition to Renner, the ranks of other actors also carry out this character-driven task well. Like Blood's Kate Macer in Sicario, Jane is like a sheep in a flurry of wilderness. But different from Macer, Olsen was able to emphasize that the character among the ignorance chose to try to adjust and grow stronger. While Gil Birmingham as Martin, Natalie's father, appears only on two occasions that maximize the utmost expression of grief and contemplation, In addition to the gripping mystery show, Wind River added value thanks to his invitation-related respect for life. The actual murder case is the way to convey the message. To condemn murderers who deprive life, emphasize the victim's struggle for life, and the power of the post-abandoned relatives keeps trying to continue, re-establishing life. Cold, dark, nan pierced on the surface, Wind River in fact keep the warmth of hope. 

RATING (8/10)

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This is a surprisingly good film. Well structured and methodically paced. It really takes its time and gives us a climax in proportion with its setting.

Haven’t seen it, but I will. Fan of Renner since the ‘Hurt Locker’. Disappointed in his work lately.