WIND RIVER

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Film­maker Tay­lor Sheri­dan (screen­writer of Hell or High Wa­ter) has crafted an in­tel­li­gent genre film that is re­plete with ten­sion, sen­si­tiv­ity, and enough sud­den out­bursts of vi­o­lence to re­mind us that the West can be a very dan­ger­ous place to live. Jeremy Ren­ner crafts a nu­anced per­for­mance as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice tracker who finds him­self chan­nel­ing his grief into a man­hunt to find the cul­prits be­hind the death of a Na­tive Amer­i­can teen. His team­mates are a novice F.B.I. agent (El­iz­a­beth Olsen) and a savvy, com­mon-sense tribal po­lice of­fi­cer (Gra­ham Greene, who is ter­rific). The trio are up against the cold, iso­lated ex­panse of a land that shapes men into killers and leaves the in­no­cent to die. The film is marred by one too many script­ing flaws, but it de­liv­ers a strong emo­tional pay­off and in­cludes some fast­paced and un­ex­pected shoot-outs. Rated R. 107 min­utes. Re­gal Sta­dium 14; Vi­o­let Crown; Dream­Catcher. (Robert Nott)

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