"Wind River is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the mysterious killing of a local girl on a remote Native American reservation." That is the official description for Wind River, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a Blu-ray NFR copy for review.
Even though Wind River is a slow-moving story and has an underlying theme that hopes to bring awareness to the plight of the Native American population, it uses those aspects well to draw viewers in and provide them with a very satisfying drama. Jeremy Renner portrays U.S. Fish and Wildlife service agent Cory Lambert who finds the frozen remains of a young Native American teenager. When an inexperienced FBI agent named Jane Banner (played by Elizabeth Olsen) is called in to investigate, the two work together to find out what happened.
As Lambert and Banner get closer and closer to solving what turns out to be a murder, tension builds ever so slowly. The two find themselves at odds with some residents of the Native American community because of the community's mistrust of the government. As pieces of the mystery are uncovered, viewers are treated to a very satisfying conclusion, which I won't spoil it for you here.
In addition to the excellent plot, Wind River provides an accurate visual depiction of the bleak Winter landscapes that are featured throughout the film and compliment the story perfectly. The Blu-ray includes a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC encode with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio with wonderful detail. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track immerses you into every scene with subtle but satisfying use of surround, especially during the outdoor wilderness scenes. Bonus features are a bit sparse, but we get a couple of deleted scenes for an extra 3 minutes of content and a 10-minute Behind-the-Scenes Video Gallery that includes three short interviews with the lead actors about their perspectives on the film.
For viewers that enjoy a good murder mystery that slowly unfolds and draws you deeper and deeper into the story, Wind River is definitely recommended.
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