Cory (Jeremy Renner) is a veteran Wildlife tracker. After discovering the body of a young Native American woman in the snow, Cory is requested to assist a solo FBI agent, Jane (Elizabeth Olsen) in the investigation. The two must work together to figure out the cause of death, but also seek redemption for the tragedy. Cory (Renner) is a likable character from the very start. He seems a little quiet, but has a respectful nature about himself, respecting others in the town he lives in. He too has suffered in the past and can relate to someone suffering through a tragic situation or loss.
One of the greatest elements of this film is the Atmosphere and Setting- it is beautifully shot and filmed. Wind River is filled with large amounts of snow, beautiful scenery and dangerous animals. The film’s surround audio track was also enough to make me cringe in my chair and at times I found myself yelling at my flat-screen TV after a shock or jump scare.
From a performance and acting perspective, this is without a doubt an incredible performance from Jeremy Renner. He has nailed the role of Cory so perfectly and the man has so much heart throughout the film. After watching this film, some would say it’s his best work to date.
The film’s story and the plot is unpredictable and I found it very engaging. It didn’t take me long to feel like I was on a journey with these lead characters and at no point did I feel I could predict the situations or outcomes our leads get into. Once the plot kicked in, there was no way I could find myself stopping this film and walking away. I was easily committed to this film. It is very creative and felt surprisingly fresh.
Overall, this is a thriller/drama that really surprised me. The film carries a solid tone of drama and suspense with an applaud worthy performance once again by the actor Jeremy Renner. My only personal disappointment was I didn’t have the honour of seeing this film in cinemas as I feel it was one of the strongest films of 2017.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden