Robert’s Reviews: Wind River

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my review for the heavy Oscar contender Wind River. This film stars Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, is directed by Taylor Sheridan, and follows the true story of an FBI agent and an animal hunter attempting to hunt down the men who were behind the rape and murder of an American Indian woman. Click the video below to watch the review!


Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 14-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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7 Responses

  1. Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

    When I saw that Elizabeth Olsen was in this, I immediately dismissed her and the entire movie – “Full House” and all that (never liked it). But you made it sound compelling. Thank you.

  2. Hal Johnson Hal Johnson says:

    Thanks, Robert. This wasn’t on my radar screen, but it is now.

  3. cheyenne says:

    I’ll have to see this movie, the Wind River canyon is beautiful though there was a tragic mother/daughter suicide recently where they jumped off a dam. Also a woman shot herself in the leg while she was shoveling snow, she carries because there is high crime in Wind River. 40% of the suicides committed in Wyoming are Native Americans. The stories of Native-Americans walking back from the off rez bars and passing out in a ditch and drowning are true and happen too often. Though the plot sounds similar to a Longmire episode.

  4. Steve Steve says:

    I have plans to see Wind River tomorrow. I appreciate your review, but I’m concerned about your statement of “cheesy dialogue”. That can turn me off in a heart beat. I don’t have much patience for “cheesy dialogue”. So I hope I can look past that and enjoy the scenes with strong suspense. I also am not a fan of the Olsen twins. So I’ve got to let go of judgment. Your review reminded me of the movie “Eden Lake”. Talk about constant edge of the seat suspense!

  5. Steve Steve says:

    I saw Wind River today. I wouldn’t give it a rating higher than 7.5 myself. It did have some cheesy dialogue. And I thought Olsen wasn’t right for the part. She was ok, but she was like a beginner. She didn’t have any depth to her character. She didn’t look tough enough to be FBI unless they were going for a love connection. But they didn’t. It was hard to feel any empathy with her, even at the end when she was in the hospital. I certainly didn’t feel anything between the two of them. The reality of the situation is brutal. So they needed someone in her role that with depth. Saying she was from Las Vegas doesn’t get it.

  6. Tim says:

    NOT based on a true story!!!

    *Possible spoilers below*

    Wind River is Oscar bait fiction in the classic white savior vein, with a white man who has used his minority connections to become a master tracker and horse whisperer. True, it shows some awareness in making light of how ill-equipped one of the two white saviors is, but in doing so it falls back on the even more tired trope: “helpless young idealist woman is nothing without help from big strong man harboring dark past.” I think John Wayne won an oscar for that one… Anyway, the audience is apparently left to assume that natives are too dumb or drugged to follow massive tracks through deep snow (tracks literally visible through binoculars from across the valley).

    As with most Hollywood firearms depictions, the gun scenes were also cringeworthy. In the opening scene Mr. Superhunter, apparently unaware of the concept of leading a moving target, keeps his crosshairs centered on a running wolf. Later, not long after admonishing his son to mind his muzzle and treat every firearm as if it was loaded, Mr. Superhunter walks behind his snowmobile and unstraps his gear while facing down the muzzle of his own rifle… And, inexplicably, there is a squad of body armor-clad security forces with assault rifles guarding a rinky dink oil rig way out in the Wyoming mountains. We never learn why this isolated oil rig needed a security force when the US’s other ~2,000 go completely unguarded. Best I can figure, it was the only way to find Big Oil somehow culpable for everything wrong on the reservation…

    And continuing with the liberal Hollywood fantasy, the movie suggests no records are kept of missing native women, which is not true: records are kept with the individual sovereign nations; some choose to pass those records on to the FBI and some don’t… The implication is that more federal government intrusion would be helpful (LOL, that’ll go over well at most reservations). Incidentally, in 2009 President Obama did just that, unleashing a two-year “surge” of federal agents to combat the high crime on the Wind River reservation. The result? Crime went up…

  7. Anna Champe says:

    Loved Hell or High Water so I can’t wait to see Wind River. Hadn’t heard of it till now so thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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