Wind River (M18)
Starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen
Directed by Taylor Sheridan
The Avengers’ Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen reunite for this elegiac whodunit written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the Oscar-nominated scribe of the drug cartel thriller Sicario and heist yarn Hell or High Water.
Renner is a wildlife tracker (badass and bereft), and Olsen, a Clarice Starling-type newbie FBI agent (a lamentably underwritten part), both investigating a teenager’s rape-murder in the titular Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
The movie starts off as a social commentary on the plight of the Native Americans but ends up as a more traditional action/revenge picture, replete with a brutal Mexican stand-off. (***)