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Hold the Dark (2018)

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

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Jeremy Saulnier

Writers:

Macon Blair (screenplay by), William Giraldi (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beckam Crawford ... Bailey
Riley Keough ... Medora Slone
Jeffrey Wright ... Russell Core
Michael Tayles ... Clerk
Issac Bird Issac Bird ... Yup'ik Teen
Joseph Whitebird ... Yup'ik Man
Zandus Snow Zandus Snow ... Yup'ik Boy
Julian Black Antelope ... Cheeon
Alexander Skarsgård ... Vernon Slone
Conor Boru ... Corporal
Anabel Kutay ... Iraqi Woman
Emmanuel Imani ... Medic
Tantoo Cardinal ... Illanaq
Clarence Hoof ... Yup'ik Prayer 1
Savannah Bird Savannah Bird ... Yup'ik Prayer 2
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Storyline

Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone, 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 returns home from the Iraq War, the news of his child's death ignites a violent chain of events. As local cop Donald Marium races to stop Vernon's vengeful rampage, Core is forced on a perilous odyssey into the heart of darkness. Written by Netflix

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hold the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Second collaboration between Riley Keough and Macon Blair after Logan Lucky (2017). See more »

Goofs

Shortly after Russell arrives in the village, he is walking with Medora and a snowmobile drives by, dragging an elk on a sled. However, there are no elk on Alaska's mainland. See more »

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[first lines]
Medora Slone: [in her letter] Dear Mr. Core, three days ago my son Bailey was taken by wolves. This happened twice already here. No one in the village will hunt them, and I am alone here now. I have read your book. I know you have done this before. In my heart, I know that you are able to do it now. I do not expect you to find my son alive, but you could find the wolf who took him. Come and kill it to help me. I know you have sympathy for this animal. Please don't. My husband will come home from ...
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You'll Lose a Good Thing
Written by Huey P. Meaux and Barbara Lynn (as Barbara Lynn Ozen)
Performed by Lou Ann Barton
Courtesy of New West Records
By arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Hold the Dark: I get the criticism, to an extent anyway
29 December 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Hold the Dark is a bone of contention for Netflix users, the community seems thoroughly torn and I found myself pushing it up my watchlist because it was recommended to me.

Upon reading reviews from the IMDB community the constants were a belief that the movie has no purpose, no ending and nothing is resolved. I disagree entirely and think that without coming across as some type of arrogant pseudo intellectual movie fan that they didn't understand it. Hold the Dark has several layers, and I get the impression that people missed out on a few critical plot points that weren't spoon fed but tantalizingly revealed over the course of the movie.

So sure the movie is fairly clever, it just isn't very good. Despite a beautiful setting, Wright & Skarsgard putting in fantastic performances and all these wonderful little nuances that I believe people missed its just not that engaging.

I'm saddened by this as it was certainly a movie I wanted to enjoy, I simply couldn't. For this reason I get the criticism to an extent, but would advise that people who didn't "Get it" either watch it again or use a spoiler site to explain it to them.

The Good:

Incredible setting

Strong performances

Quite cleverly constructed

The Bad:

Fails to really engage the viewer

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

All movies set in Alaska are actually filmed in Canada

Alexander Skarsgård is one of the most underutilized actors in Hollywood

Soup choice is important even during the worst pain and strife


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