REVIEW BY JASMINE
A slow burn horror-drama—THE WIND, directed by Emmi Tammi and written by Teresa Sutherland, is set in the 1800’s midwest. Elizabeth and Isaac live isolated in a small cabin; when Isaac leaves for work for an extended period of time, Lizzy grows fearful and begins to suspect a malicious entity is inhabiting the land. Is something actually there, or is it all in "the wind"?
A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s.
The setting and cinematography, together with the beautiful music and sound design, set an eerie, ominous tone. You’re never sure if all the odd occurrences are actually happening, or if it’s just all in Lizzy’s head.
The film is mainly centered around the two female leads, which is always refreshing, though I do wish the male counterparts were better fleshed out. One of the characters that fell flat and was almost non-existent was Gideon (part of the couple opposite to Lizzy and Isaac). He gets an introduction, and then sort of fades into the background as the story progresses. There is some spotlight on Isaac, but unfortunately he's played in a rather stereotypical manner. Personally I’m tired of seeing partners, particularly men, not believing their partners during moments of crisis. I’m not saying they have to believe every single detail of every single thing, but like in this case, Lizzy is obviously going through something troubling, and Isaac is detached and completely unsupportive. Which is weird, because any other situation and the film portrays him as warm and caring.
In spite of certain character development flaws, I must say that the acting is superb. Everyone does a fantastic job here, but the real MVP is Caitlin Gerard (Lizzy). Everything about her performance was amazing. Her facial expressions, her raw emotion, down to the movement of her body—that woman is destined for great things in her career. And selfishly, I really hope she continues to do horror and drama, because she is perfect for it.
Even with its flaws, The Wind builds up very nicely and packs a few scares. It doesn’t have a conventional timeline, and jumps back and forth between the past and present to tell Lizzy's story.. This really keeps the viewer interested and adds variation to the tempo. Unfortunately, the ending falls flat and almost ruins a bit of the experience. Nevertheless, The Wind is good, and if you're a fan of films that play similarly, such as The Witch, It comes at Night and The Witch in the Window, this is definitely one you need to see.