Wind River was a movie I watched on a whim; I saw the poster, and knew I liked Jeremy Renner, so I figured I would see it.
I expected a run-of-the-mill action movie, and instead I got one of the most heart wrenching and moving movies I have ever seen.
Wind River starts off with the death of a teenage girl, on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Montana. As the death was on federal land, an FBI agent must be brought in to investigate.
Since the agent (Elizabeth Olsen) knows next to nothing about the area, she asks a local US Fish & Wildlife Service tracker (Jeremy Renner) to serve as her guide.
For the most part, Wind River serves as a traditional mystery/crime thriller as the duo attempts to track down who committed this act. However, in execution it is so much more than it seems. It delves into issues such as humanity vs nature, urban vs rural, and even touches on the nature of criminality itself; the villains aren't mustache twiddling masterminds, for example.
The biggest theme of this film, though, regards the epidemics that are currently threatening the Native American populations of our country. From poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse and violence, Wind River shines a stark light. In fact, what inspired the creation of this movie was the staggering rate of violence against Native women; According to Indian Country Today, Native women are murdered at a rate of 10 times the national average, and they are much more likely to befall other terrible fates as well.
Wind River is a truly fantastic movie, and in my opinion, deserves a watch. It's moving, exciting, and thoughtful.