Hold The Dark (2018)

JEREMY SAULNIER

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  

USA, 2018.  , , .  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

plays the author of a book about living with wolves who is summoned to a remote community in Alaska for a situation that requires his expertise.  is a woman whose husband () is fighting overseas and whose son has gone missing, according to her taken by wolves as other children in the village in the past have been.  Wright investigates but quickly uncovers something much darker and deadlier that leads him and a local police officer (the always excellent ) across the state to pursue the truth and avoid a storm of gruesome violence and mayhem.  Incorporating aspects of the best police thrillers and a touch of the Wicker Man, Jeremy Saulnier’s adaptation of the novel by William Giraldi doesn’t quite smooth out all its dents, incorporating as many fascinating and unfamiliar elements (like wolf-mask cults) with aspects of police thrillers that are far too worn out (guess what happens to every cop in movies who talks about the vacation he plans to take after “this is all over”).  It’s still satisfying and engagingly disturbing, with Wright the best of a cast that also includes a hauntingly perfect  and a ridiculously miscast Skarsgaard, who further proves the hot man bubble he lives in by getting yet another role that his accent couldn’t be more inappropriate for if he was Tommy Wiseau.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2018

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