Wind River (2017)

I am so pleased to have finally seen a movie this year that genuinely surprised me.

I hadn’t heard very much about this film, until my boyfriend mentioned it’s good reviews on IMDb (God bless that site.) I then went ahead and watched the trailer, which again was very refreshing. It wasn’t drowning in 70’s anthems and repetitive action shots, it had actual suspense and mystery – well the mystery part was mainly me watching it and not bloody knowing what the movie was going to be about.

That being said, the 8.1 rating made me want to whip out that Cineworld card once more.

The film itself centres around a woman who’s body is found battered, bruised and frozen to death on a vast Native American Reservation. Jeremy Renner (aka Hawkeye) and Elizabeth Olsen (aka The Scarlet Witch) team up to save the world … sorry I mean, solve the crime.

I want to start off by saying this wasn’t an easy watch for me and it was quite uncomfortable in places. It was bitter, grey and a little slow paced in parts, but this didn’t take away from how great it was.

The characters had a lot of depth and it was a very bleak look at loss and the way in which Native American people are still fighting to get the same recognition for missing persons and murders as the rest of USA citizens. I’m not going to babble on pretending I know what I’m talking about – but the movie did strike a nerve and I instantly went home to Google research ‘Missing Native American Women’ and the statistics are pretty disgusting …

Renner and Olsen pull some great performances out of the bag and their on screen chemistry is perfect. James Jordan (who I’d never heard of before) also did a great job and I definitely won’t be forgetting his face any time soon.

Don’t go into this expecting something breezy – there were moments that were REALLY hard to watch, but they were all crucial to building story and there wasn’t a wasted shot in site.

I’ve mentioned this movie to a few people after seeing it, and nine times out of ten, they’ve not even heard of it, which makes me a little sad.

Nothing excites me more than a good murder mystery and I hope that this will be the start of a successful trend, what with ‘The Snowman’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ expected later this year.

It’s a great, well constructed film with memorable performances and an eerie tale to tell. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to see something that will work your mind and emotions a little more than some of the ‘blockbusters’ that have come out this year.

8/10 – I’m so happy to be able to give two films in a row this rating – I was starting to lose hope with this section of 2017.

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