Hold The Dark is an astounding work of literary fiction which could be described as thriller but I prefer to think of as an examination of the darkness we are capable of. Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at the pleading of Medora Slone, a young mothe By Manohla Dargis. Hold the Dark being an allegory, is visible only in the rough contours of an elaborate discourse. READING GRID This angle of the analysis of the film and this acceptance of the functioning of the mechanics that animates Vernon Slone, allow us to solve the puzzle proposed by Saulnier. At the start of another pitiless winter, wolves have taken three children from the remote Alaskan village of Keelut, including the six-year-old son of Medora and Vernon Slone. Written with “force and precision and grace” (John Wilwol, New York Times Book Review) Hold the Dark is a “taut and unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness” (Dennis Lehane). Stainless Steel Ruger Mini-14 GB-F ("Government Barrel, Folding Stock") - 5.56x45mm The rifle can be seen in the background. 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. Like all of Saulnier's films, Hold The Dark is a brutal, unflinching look at life and death with tangible stakes. Watching Hold the Dark isn’t quite as interesting as ruminating on it afterwards, which is probably both a critique and a compliment. However, whereas Green Room was about the young accepting unavoidable mortality, there's something grander here. Jeffrey Wright stars as Russell Core, the film's titular character. Directed by Jeremy Saulnier. Hold the Dark is a 2018 thriller film directed by Jeremy Saulnier, written by his frequent collaborator Macon Blair (I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore) and based on the book of the same name by William Giraldi.. Directed by Jeremy Saulnier, Netflix's Hold the Dark is a mystery that borders on horror. Cheeon also holds a Mini-14 in one scene, and another Mini-14 can be seen used by a policeman during the shootout. Hold the Dark is a surreal mystery about a fictional remote Alaskan village, Keelut, beset by wolves that are apparently taking children. A werewolf movie that isn’t a werewolf movie, but really kind of is, Hold the Dark avoids easy categorization, sometimes to a fault. Sept. 26, 2018; Something weird this way … Hold the Dark Directed by Jeremy Saulnier Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Thriller 2h 5m. It explores good versus evil, nature versus nurture and is a thorough examination of the beast within. 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