In the movie's world, it feels like the will to survive is more important than anything else. Justice is served as revenge, coldly. There's also the message that -- unlike any other cultural group in the country -- Native American women who go missing aren't counted; no one keeps track of them. The movie is clearly outraged by this and tries to put a compassionate, human face on the problem.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Brutal rape of an 18-year-old woman. Bloody, brutal fight sequence with bludgeoning, punching, etc. Lots of blood shown. Strong, brutal shootout sequence, with many characters shot and killed and the accompanying blood spurts. Characters are hit with blunt objects. A wolf is shot and killed, with blood spraying. Gory dead bodies. Characters die from blood-filled lungs (an occurrence in extreme cold). A grieving woman cuts herself on her arm and hand. A young boy carries a gun; his father teaches him how to handle it properly.
A couple kisses tenderly and is shown lying in bed together. Sex is implied and mentioned. Characters are shown wearing underwear.
Many, many uses of "f--k" and "a--hole" during certain sequences. Also "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls---," "ass," "goddamn," "Jesus F---ing Christ," etc.
Ease of Play
Secondary characters are shown dangerously, abusively drunk in one scene. Cigarette smoking.