TWC/Acacia/Film 44/Thunder Road/Savvy Media Holdings (Matthew
George, Basil Iwanyk, Peter Berg & Wayne L. Rogers)
W: Taylor Sheridan
DP: Ben Richardson
Ed: Gary D. Roach
Mus: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Jeremy Renner (Cory Lambert), Elizabeth Olsen (Jane
Banner), Gil Birmingham (Martin Hansen), Jon Bernthal (Matt Rayburn), Julia Jones (Wilma), Graham Greene (Ben), Kelsey Chow (Natalie Hansen)
Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, whose writing credits include
the excellent Sicario and Hell Or High Water, makes his directorial debut with this impressive thriller set in the bleak, wintry state of Wyoming.
The story takes place on an Native American reservation, where
Wildlife Service Agent Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) discovers a corpse of a woman, who appears to have been raped and murdered. Rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) investigates the
crime, but her hands are tied since it falls under the jurisdiction of tribal police, and without absolute proof that a murder took place, she is unable to take authority. She enlists Lambert's
help, and he volunteers his services freely since it gives him a chance to redeem himself following the death of his daughter, who died under similar circumstances.
The film does start rather slowly, but following the static
opening it settles into a flowing pace, helped by excellent performances by the two leads, particularly Elizabeth Olsen, and some wonderful photography of the great outdoors by cinematographer
Sheridan's films where he took writing credit didn't fail to
impress, and neither does his solid directorial debut.
This is quite easily one of my favourite films of