Jeremy Renner pretty much carries Wind River playing a U. S. Fish and Wildlife tracker who agrees to work with Elizabeth Olsen, an FBI agent, investigating a death on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Elizabeth Olsen has the thankless role of a “city” FBI agent assigned to this case because she was closest geographically. Olsen’s character is a young, naive woman who is a fish out of water in the Wyoming wilderness.
Much of this movie consists of emotive dialogue between two characters. Then, all hell breaks loose. This pattern is repeated several times. Life on the Reservation is portrayed as hellish. The crime mixes brutality and courage. Women characters don’t fare well, but many of the male characters end up dead. GRADE: B-