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Wind River Blu-ray Review

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“Wind River” is one of 2017’s best films.

After the body of a young woman is discovered on the snow covered Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming by a skilled tracker/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee (Cory), a young FBI agent (Jane) is called in to investigate the matter. With Cory’s help, Jane begins to question suspects and seek out answers which leads them down a dark path filled with death and cover-ups.

Much like writer Taylor Sheridan’s previous effort “Hell Or High Water,” “Wind River” is another multi-genre film. It’s part western, part thriller, part neo-noir, and part murder-mystery. While it takes about a half-hour to get into the rhythm of the story, writer/director Taylor Sheridan’s film soon picks up even before it takes some unexpected turns and explodes with dark and disturbing violence. Don’t go into this expecting a full-blown thriller though. At its heart, it is a realistic story about loss, humanity, Native Americans, and horrifying violence. Can it be tough to watch? Absolutely, but this is not an exploitive violent movie. It’s a gripping and surprising movie with a lot on its mind.

The cast is equally worthy of praise here. Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen are phenomenal in their starring roles. Olsen has fast become one of my favorite actresses after wowing me in the little seen “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Traditionally, Renner is at his best when in dramas and that holds true here again as he excels as the complex character Cory. Supporting roles by veteran actor Graham Greene (who plays a Sheriff) and Gil Birmingham as a grieving father are unforgettable here as well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? This Blu-ray disc boasts a gorgeous transfer. The snowy landscapes are beautifully captured by cinematographer by Ben Richardson.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue and moody score sound crisp and clear.

Extras: Digital copy, 2 deleted scenes, Lionsgate trailers, and a behind the scenes video gallery.

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November 8, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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