Wind River Movie Review
(L-R): Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner star in writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s crime drama, ‘Wind River.’

Title: Wind River 

Director: Taylor Sheridan

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Chow, Graham Greene, Martin Sensmeier, Tyler Laracca, Gerald Tokala Clifford, James Jordan, Eric Lange, Ian Bohen.

‘Wind River’ is a neo-Western murder mystery film written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, marking his directorial feature debut from ‘Sicario’ and Oscar-nominated ‘Hell or High Water.’ The movie awarded the filmmaker Un Certain Regard Best Directing Prize in Cannes.

The film stars Jeremy Renner as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker and Elizabeth Olsen as an FBI agent, who try to solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The storytelling is gripping and suspenseful thanks to the convincing performances by the entire cast, especially lead actors Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. The setting also contributes in nurturing the sense of oppression of the thriller, as the frosty, inhospitable American mountain region is economically tainted and atmospherically penalized.

The story was inspired by true events, involving sexual assault of women on reservations. The film couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, when the Weinstein case opened Pandora’s box, showing us that the emperor has no clothes. In fact, writer-director Taylor Sheridan and producers Matthew George and Basil Iwanyk have taken the film back from the Weinstein Company and begun to screen it without the distributor’s name. Furthermore – since ‘Wind River’ is about the rape and murder of a Northern Arapaho woman – Sheridan announced he would donate all future royalties to a Montana-based Native American women’s advocacy group. The windy tale, depicting the lives of people on edge, will leave a sour taste for the hard-nosed portrait of a bleak and less known part of the U.S.A.

Acting: B

Story: B

Overall: B

Written by: Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, is a film critic, culture and foreign affairs reporter, screenwriter, film-maker and visual artist. She studied in a British school in Milan, graduated in Political Sciences, got her Masters in screenwriting and film production and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and Los Angeles. Chiara’s “Material Puns” use wordplay to weld the title of the painting with the materials placed on canvas, through an ironic reinterpretation of Pop-Art, Dadaism and Ready Made. She exhibited her artwork in Milan, Rome, Venice, London, Oxford, Paris and Manhattan. Chiara works as a reporter for online, print, radio and television and also as a film festival PR/publicist. As a bi-lingual journalist (English and Italian), who is also fluent in French and Spanish, she is a member of the Foreign Press Association in New York, the Women Film Critics Circle in New York, the Italian Association of Journalists in Milan and the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean. Chiara is also a Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at IED University in Milan.

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