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264 Ratings

Hold the Dark

Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
United States, 2018
Thriller, Adventure, Mystery


After the deaths of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the mother of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate her son in the Alaskan wilderness.

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Hold the Dark Directed by Jeremy Saulnier
The tight, compressed, precise style of Blue Ruin and Green Room has been replaced by something more draggy and ambient. . . . Saulnier can do brooding (as in Blue Ruin) and brutal (as in Green Room), but he isn’t ready to get metaphysical, or the material for his first adaptation doesn’t suit him as much as it would seem.
September 28, 2018
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Saulnier’s His visual flair remains the only consistently appealing part of “Hold the Dark,” a thriller that aspires to something deeper but never figures out what.
September 26, 2018
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There’s a thin line between inexplicable and fashionably incoherent.
September 26, 2018
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  • chanandre's rating of the film Hold the Dark

    [Netflix] Last 2018 movie.//This had serious Refn undertones. Saulnier's bleakest moment. I liked how the wolves spared him. Skarsgard is a hurt beast. That's how you deal with rape: you find the rapist, stab him violently then give the knive to her to finish the job and you walk away. If Native-Americans had had huh? No frontier men, no cowboys, no gold rush, no bio warfare, probably no America. soul-wrecker.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Hold the Dark

    **1/2. I wasn't at all convinced by the supposed excellence of Jeremy Saulnier's 'Blue Ruin' (2013). 'Hold the Dark' is a step towards the right direction though. The movie is a tense little B thriller with some mystical background. It has beautiful and worrying moments in a scenery of frozen forests. Violent though. Recommended to movie lovers.

  • manybits's rating of the film Hold the Dark

    A remarkable genre mashup (western, folk horror, thriller, war movie) from one of America's most talented young director. I have not read the novel, but there is something McCarthian about the story, the characters, the inevitability of evil...

  • msmichel's rating of the film Hold the Dark

    Saulnier works on a much larger canvas here in this adaptation of the novel by William Giraldi and delivers a tense if muted thriller punctuated by moments of extreme violence. There is a certain otherworldliness to this slow moving slowburn of a film that flirts with a folklore bent but remains in the present reality and doesn't offer much narrative reward. James Badge Dale impresses here as the stoic sheriff.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Hold the Dark

    Because it’s peddling in narrative obscurity (does the book’s ending apply here?) it seems reasonable to assume it will have the mood to carry it. I found it a bit of a slog, lacking texture and depth of meaning or feeling. I liked scenes, and the burden of death it lumbers around with. But that burden begins to resemble a calling card rather than expression of grief or genre.

  • Trevor Tillman's rating of the film Hold the Dark

    A leap forward in craftsmanship and maturity for the already promising Jeremy Saulnier. In no small part thanks to Netflix money, here the self-described "terrestrial director" handles more complex sequences, sprinkling in some aerial shots to boot. As somber and contemplative as its predecessor Green Room was anarchic and loud. Watch it on the largest screen possible, which sadly won't be your local movie theater.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Hold the Dark

    Green Room was a generic mess carried only by its colour, or cinematographic flair – I couldn't figure out the hype. Not sure I understand the hype here, either. Saulnier cobbles together "mood" by having characters whisper coarsely for 120 minutes - dragging out the simplest of conversations into sprawling nonsense. A bleak and mysterious tone at times, and some beautifully dreary cinematography, but a let down.

  • Jason's rating of the film Hold the Dark

    I find it fascinating that Saulnier would follow up two calculatedly crowd-pleasing genre exercises w/ this straight-up downer of Lovecraftian misery, which Netflix has seen fit to release unto the world just in time to coincide w/ the onset of seasonal depression. Brave? Not the word I would use. The film is unpleasant, even perhaps distasteful, and definitely super drab. Pretty sure it's about how God hates us all.

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