Hold the Dark (2018)


Critic Consensus: Hold the Dark's unsettling aesthetic offers more of what filmgoers expect from director Jeremy Saulnier - and is often enough to prop up shaky narrative underpinnings.


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Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (JEFFREY WRIGHT) journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone (RILEY KEOUGH), a young mother whose son was killed by a pack of wolves. As Core attempts to help Medora track down the wolves who took her son, a strange and dangerous relationship develops between the two lonely souls. But when Medora's husband Vernon (ALEXANDER SKARSGARD) returns home from the Iraq War, the news of his child's death ignites a violent chain of events. As local cop, Donald Marium (JAMES BADGE DALE), races to stop Vernon's vengeful rampage, Core is forced on a perilous odyssey into the heart of darkness.

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James Badge Dale
as Donald Marium
Jeffrey Wright
as Russell Core
Macon Blair
as Medora Slone
Riley Keough
as Medora Sloane
James Bloor
as Werewolf
Amanda Burke
as Slone's Mother
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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (13)

The film never coheres outside of those flashes, ultimately delivering a disappointing, confusing, but undeniably fascinating experience.

Sep 28, 2018 | Full Review…

It makes for intriguing and often gripping viewing, but delivers a more confounding experience than is necessary.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A bold, mesmerizing and journey into a land of shadows and mystery that will leave a deep and unnerving impression.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Its determined ambition and atmospheric skill keeps Saulnier firmly in the category of directors to watch.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Suddenly, what seemed like a man-vs-nature survivalist tale morphs into something that's part Arctic Noir and part violent art-horror.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If Hold The Dark lacks the sheer razor-wire tension of Saulnier's earlier crime-horror corkers, it still knows how to make the carnage count-to force us to experience, on a gut level, every casualty.

Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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