Wind River

[4.5 stars] [IMDb Link] [Amazon Link]

Didn't expect to like this as much as I did, but (once again) Netflix's prediction algorithm wins here.

Corey Lambert (played by Jeremy Renner) works for Wyoming Game and Fish (not called that in the movie), just like C. J. Box's hero, Joe Pickett. He's not a game warden, though; he's a hunter, devoted to tracking down wolves and mountain lions that prey on local livestock. But while tracking down a mama lion and her cubs (awwww…) he comes across a grisly discovery: a young Indian woman frozen to death in the snow, who had been desperately fleeing from something unknown. Worse, Corey knows her, and corpse dredges up memories of his own personal tragedy.

Signs point to a likelihood of foul play, so in comes FBI agent Jane Banner (Played by Elizabeth Olsen; yes, it's Avengers, Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch, together again.) Jane is—literally—out of her element, on scene because she was the nearest agent available—in Las Vegas.

You might expect the usual Hollywood script clichés: initial hostility grows into mutual respect, etc. Not quite what happens; instead, Corey and Jane respect and help each other from the get-go. And their relationship develops in ways one might not expect. And you do not want to be a bad guy with them on your trail.

Mr. Renner and Ms. Olsen deliver impressive nuanced performances. The supporting cast is great too. The scenery is spectacular, the story is gripping. Trivia: Written and directed by a guy named Taylor Sheridan. Very impressive.