Wind River

September 2017 - Jeremy Renner tracks the killer of a Native American teenager in a remote part of Wyoming. Elizabeth Olsen is the ill-prepared FBI agent in charge of the investigation. Taylor Sheridan, who wrote Sicario and starred in Sons of Anarchy, wrote and directed this thriller.

Renner plays Cory Lambert, who works as a hunter for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He's often called upon to kill wolves and other animals that prey on the livestock on an Indian reservation. One day, he finds the body of a girl lying in the snow. Rookie FBI agent Jane Banner is called in to investigate. She determines that the victim, Natalie, had been raped and died while running for her life. For Cory, the case brings back memories of his own teenage daughter who also died under mysterious circumstances.

Cory and Jane seek help with their investigation from the Tribal police chief (Graham Greene). Information leads them to the men who handle security at an oil drilling site. What they find there brings the situation to a violent and terrifying conclusion.

Overall review: *** The pace is steady, interrupted by occasional and sudden bursts of violence. Strong emotions underlie the stoicism that seems to inhabit just about every character. The performances are good, and the photography makes you feel the cold. There's really not a lot to complain about here.