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Subject: Re: WIND RIVER (no spoilers)
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Subject: Re: WIND RIVER (no spoilers)
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Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:19:28 -0500
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On 11/20/2017 10:24 PM, reilloc wrote:
> On 11/15/2017 11:10 AM, moviePig wrote:
>> On 11/15/2017 10:42 AM, william ahearn wrote:
>>> On Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 9:21:33 AM UTC-5, moviePig wrote:
>>>> The massive snowstorm that threatens Wyoming's already frozen WIND 
>>>> RIVER
>>>> reservation is just a head-fake (possibly owing to the story's 
>>>> basing on
>>>> "true events").  Instead, the movie follows the investigation -- mostly
>>>> outdoors -- of a grisly and heart-wrenching assault on a young Native
>>>> American woman.  Ranger/hunter Jeremy Renner leads the pursuit,
>>>> delivering epigrams both pithy and sententious, and there's a 
>>>> moralizing
>>>> end-title that's almost puzzling.  But, here, the story is the story,
>>>> and it's in expert -- if frostbitten - hands.  Solidly recommended.
>>> Yeah, that needless end title bothered me as well. Ir could have been 
>>> incorporated into the script.
>> I was especially taken with the ballsy "cutaway" -- as she knocks on 
>> the trailer door -- to the boyfriend answering it (and the progression 
>> of scenes that followed).  Whoever came up with that very 
>> unconventional yet inspired sequence has my admiration.  (If it's not 
>> fresh enough in your mind, I'm happy to recap.)
> Ballsy, eh? Cheap? It's somewhere between the two. Technically, it's 
> cheating: because no law-enforcement character knows what happened 
> inside the trailer it can't tie a neat ribbon around the investigation 
> or resolution (many dead bad guys), and comes off as a crutch for the 
> audience, a group of people who are always presumed to be wanting to be 
> led by the nose to a reason they ought to hate somebody and not flinch 
> so much at that somebody's bloody death.
> Theatrically, it's been done before--I just can't tell you when.
> Damn movie looks like it was living hell to make and I liked that the 
> cops had to clean out two trailers packed with soulless animals that 
> needed killing.

Yeah, I appreciated it as a storytelling flourish, for doing the things 
you list (...beginning with the elaborate head-fake shootout that 
*almost* occurs just before she gets to the door, which, being quelled 
by cooler heads, makes us relax on that front.)


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