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The movie begins with a young Native American Arapaho Indian girl running through the snow. You can tell by the intensity of her frantic breathing, the speed of her running and the look on her face that she is running for her life. And you can tell that this isn’t going to end well for her. The next scene is a small flock of goats being stalked by a trio of wolves and just as one of them heads toward the innocent young goats, a sharp crack rings out. This is a metaphor of things to come. Two of the wolves go down and then you see the shooter, clad in a white winter hunting suit laying prone in the snow.
He’s holding a sniper rifle that any Delta Force tier one operator would be comfortable using in battle. You can’t tell at this point if he’s a good guy or a bad guy. It turns out that he is a Wildlife Officer working for the State of Wyoming. Next, he finds the corpse of the Indian girl and he’s visibly moved by her death for a reason that becomes clear later in the movie.
A grizzled old reservation Chief of Police is called to the scene and he explains that he doesn’t have jurisdiction in murder cases on the reservation. He will have to call the FBI to investigate this murder and as if on cue – a blizzard starts dumping snow on the crime scene. The Police Chief says he can’t move the body until the FBI gives their approval, so they go to the station to wait and watch the snow fall. A new Chevy Tahoe drives up and a very young, blonde, white female in a lightweight FBI windbreaker jumps out.
The chief, the wildlife officer (WLO), and a local hanger on look at each other in total disbelief. The attractive twenty something agent asks them to be taken to the crime scene to view the corpse. The WLO explains to her that the crime scene is about five miles away by snowmobile and she would likely freeze to death before they got there. The petite young agent is loaned a winter snowsuit and the investigation continues in a normal manner, however the weather and the remoteness of the area continue to be big factors that normal crime scenes don’t have.
This as far as I’m comfortable taking you in this story, but of you like a good murder mystery coupled with beautiful scenery, this is a movie you should watch.
Showing: At a Redbox kiosk near you.
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen as FBI Agent Jane Banner and Jeremy Renner as WLO Cody Lambert.
The Wind River Indian reservation really exists in Wyoming. It is home to members of the Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribe. It’s a beautiful and wild mountainous area, but for the indigenous Native American people it’s an unfenced prison without jobs, schooling, or any hope. What they do have in abundance is drugs, crime, death, snow and silence.