Last night, I saw a quite-wonderful film, Wind River, which opens in the coming weeks. It's written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, an actor who's gotten into writing -- long overdue, since he's so terrific -- such as the films Sicario and Hell or High Water. The film is inspired by a true story about a state game warden and FBI agent trying to solve a murder on a desolate Indian reservation in the middle of winter. It's as much a battle against the lack of likelihood of success, as against nature. The film stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, and also has one of my favorite actors Graham Greene as the tribal land chief of police.
The film is very low-key and smart and thoughtful, though there's a sense of menace throughout, which you know is coming at some point. Yet even that is handled with craft and care.
This is the second released trailer -- it doesn't do the film justice, since it feels a need to emphasize action and tension, whereas the movie is mostly about the characters dealing with a barren world and the impact its had on their lives. However it captures much more of the texture of the film compared to the first, official trailer that's perfunctory in telling the plot and throwing in action
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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