The story of three families on their journey on the Oregon Trail.
Beyond the encapsulating landscape and entrancing scenes of darkness where all that is seen is a lamp, Meek's Cutoff provides a long, unexaggerated look into the lives of pioneers during the 1800s.
Some of the scenes, mainly those with instrumental music behind them, reminded me of the nature sound videos I use while i'm studying. The diegetic sound of the river, wind, grass, and wagon wheels almost creates the visuals that are missing on screen in your head. Your imagination is a big participant in this film, as you must put yourself in the same scenes the characters find themselves in on the Oregon Trail.
The hidden faces of women under bonnets adds to the lifelessness of the entire film.