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Wind River [2017] [R] - 6.7.7

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Inspired by actual events: an officer of the Fish and Wildlife Service (Jeremy Renner) is asked to help in an FBI investigation of the murder of a young woman on a Native American reservation. Also with Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones, Teo Briones, Apesanahkwat, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Olsen and Tantoo Cardinal. Directed by Taylor Sheridan. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man rapes a young woman lying unconscious on a bed (we hear him grunting and she moves as he thrusts) and when he is pulled off her we see his bare thighs and her bare buttocks briefly.
 A young woman's body is shown as a medical examiner describes her injuries and we see her pubic area. A dead body is found in the snow and we see that he is nude (partial buttocks and back are seen). We see a woman pull on a pair of pants and her bare buttocks are shown briefly. A man with a towel wrapped around his waist answers his door to a woman (we see his bare shoulders, chest, abdomen and back). A man pulls a young woman's pants down and we see her underwear and partial bare buttocks.
 A man and a young woman kiss and sex is implied; we see them lying in bed together and he is bare-chested while she is wearing underwear and a camisole.
 A young woman wearing a camisole and underwear (we see her bare legs and partial buttocks) closes a bedroom door as several men enter a trailer (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); a man enters the room and says, "It smells like sex in here."
 An FBI investigator orders a rape kit when a young woman's body is found with blood on the crotch of her pants.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Several drunk men force their way into a room where a man and a young woman are lying in bed; the men argue and one man hits another man several times in the face and head, the young woman is grabbed and struck in the face, she bites a man's hand and he hits her and she falls unconscious on the bed; the young woman regains consciousness as a man is raping her (we hear him grunting and see her moving as he thrusts) and another man pulls the rapist away but is beaten by him and the other men.
 A woman is shot in the chest through a trailer door; she is thrown back and onto the ground where she gasps (she was wearing a vest) and several officers and other armed men open fire on each other and many are struck (we see bloody wounds and blood in the snow). A man shoots several men from a distance with a high powered rifle and we see blood spurt as they are thrown. A woman walks through a hall and a man shoots at her; she shoots him several times and he lies in the corner with bloody wounds until he dies.
 A man on a snowmobile chases another man on foot through the snow and strikes him in the face with the butt of his rifle (we see his bloody face later); the man is tied up, then released and he runs away, but collapses and coughs up blood before dying in the snow. A young woman runs through snow and we hear her crying when she stumbles to the ground and she gets back up to continue running (we see that she has blood on her face and she is barefoot); she is later found dead and we see a bloody gash on her head as well as frostbitten fingers and toes and blood on the crotch of her pants (an investigator orders a rape kit). A man and a woman find a dead body in the snow and it appears to have been partially eaten by an animal or bird (we see a bloody leg below the knee.
 Several law enforcement officers and several oil rig employees draw their weapons and yell at each other for an extended period until they all finally drop their weapons.
 Coyotes surround a flock of sheep and a man shoots one in the side (it falls over dead and we see blood on the animal and on the snow around it (the other coyotes run away); the shooter drags the carcass through the snow leaving a trail of blood. We see a dead steer lying on its side with blood on its throat and on the snow. A man finds a deer carcass in the snow outside a mountain lion den where a female and cubs are hiding. A man tracks drops of blood in the snow. A man tracks the paw prints of a mountain lion and her cubs.
 A man hits two men with a shovel as they try to run away and then kicks one hard in the face (we see them tied by the hands and sitting in the snow). A man slams another man's face into a car seat. Law enforcement officers go to a trailer looking for a man; loud music plays and a man who appears to be under the influence of drugs answers the door and sprays two officers in the face with mace (they fall to the ground screaming and we see one foaming at the mouth and the other's eyes are very red and watering).
 A woman is seen crying and sitting on a bed and we see her cutting herself on the arm and hand (blood trickles from the wounds). A medical examiner describes the wounds found on a young woman including that her vaginal wall was torn (from a rape) and we see her body on an exam table; the woman's chest and abdomen are laid open and we see her pubic area and bare legs all with blood. A man describes what happens to one's lungs if you run in very cold temperatures and talks about the lungs freezing and bursting, and the victim would drown in their own blood.
 A man talks about the death of his teenage daughter and not knowing what happened to her; he says, "Coyotes got at her pretty good," by the time they found her. A woman says, "You couldn't drag me to that town with a rope." A man talks about a mother mountain lion teaching her cubs to hunt. A young boy asks his father, "Did she die like Emily?" A man cries and yells in grief. "KILL COWBOYS" is painted on the wall of a trailer. A man says, "I raped her and we beat him to death." We read that there are no missing persons statistic for Native American women. A Native American man is shown with his face painted and he says, "This is my death face."
 A woman vomits after being sprayed with mace and we hear splatter (we do not see any goo). A man is shown filling his own rifle shells.

PROFANITY 7 - About 23 F-word, 5 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Native Americans, name-calling (stone evil, cracker, white boy, ), 2 religious profanities (GD), 4 religious exclamations (God, Oh My God, Jesus [F-word deleted] Christ). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man says that drugs are his adult son's family now, and a man answers a trailer door and appears to be under the influence of drugs. Several men enter a trailer and appear inebriated.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a child, murder, rape, gun safety, Native American reservations, cooperation of law enforcement agencies, depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, bureaucracy, grief counseling, trust, anger, truth, survival, grief, isolation.

MESSAGE - Life isn't fair.

Special Keywords: S6 - V7 - P7 - MPAAR

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