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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 mother of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate her son in the Alaskan wilderness.

Director:

Jeremy Saulnier

Writers:

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

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Trivia

While the original bison population were hunted to extinction, 100 Wood Bison from Canada were introduced to southwestern Alaska in 2015. However, the events of the film occur in 2005, ten years earlier. See more »

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The Alaskan mountain range outside Cole's hotel room is the visually distinctive Southern Canadian Rockies, a mountain range located over two thousand miles from the Alaska border. 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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Please Come Home For Christmas
Written by Charles Brown and Gene Redd
Performed by Charles Brown
Courtesy of Gusto Records, Inc.
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Bleak doesn't equate to boring
2 October 2018 | by michelleecooneySee all my reviews

This was a fantastic film. The acting was solid, stoic, and appropriate for the subject matter. The cinematography was absolutely stunning; leave it to Saulnier to remind us just how red blood really is against the snow.

The story itself was bleak. Bleak doesn't mean boring. On the contrary, this film is a commentary on the darkness in human nature.

Yes the ending is ambiguous, yes it is a slow burn, and yes the subject matter is bleak. I believe these three things only constitute a bad film in the eyes of someone whose idea of perfect cinema is superhero movies.

I cannot state this loudly enough: unfortunately, IMDb reviews no longer reflect the quality of a film. I understand this film is not for everyone; however, the amount of reviews stating "this didn't make sense" is abysmal.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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