Wind River

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Extremely violent but smart, solid crime movie.

R 2017 107 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 18+

Violent rape, beatings, violence. Not appropriate for under 18.

A good movie for adults. But this movie is not appropriate for children to be watching. There's violent rape, beatings, violence, etc. I saw that most of the children putting reviews on here just "skipped over the rape scene", but that's part of the reason the script was created - to highlight the issue of violence against Native American women. Kids under 18 are not actually able to grasp the understanding of the mental and physical toll that takes on a human after experiencing that.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

A Harsh Look at Violence Against Native Women

Wind River holds a place among those movies that while being a well made and high quality film, also calls attention to real issues in our world which many people choose to ignore. The film's message about violence against Native American women is powerful and true. They are the most victimized demographic in the United States and receive the least support of any women. Director Taylor Sheridan does a phenomenal job of drawing attention to this issue through the story of Natalie Hanson, a young native woman who is raped and then freezes to death trying to escape. This film should receive great praise for positive role models and elements. Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) is a good man determined to find justice for Natalie while seeking closure for his own murdered daughter as well. There is a quiet maturity and honor about him which is quite admirable. Matt Rayburn (Jon Berthal) is likewise a good man, sacrificing his life to protect the woman he loves when she is attacked by his fellow security contractors. Natalie herself is a strong intelligent young woman and great for representation. The Native American cultures of the Wind River Reservation, specifically the Arapaho nation, are respectfully and accurately portrayed. The film is violent and intense with bloody gun violence and the intensely distributing scene in Matt's trailer where Natalie is raped and he is killed (spoilers). There is also a good amount of language and the film does not shy away from the drug use and alcoholism which does sadly plague many reservations today. However, despite the harsh content for the writing, directing, incredible acting performances and the real world issues it forces the audience to confront I love this film and strongly recommend it for mature audiences.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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