Skip to main content

Hold the Dark - Doesn't Hold Back on the Darkness

Check out Joel's review:

Submitted by Bethany on Sat, 10/06/2018 - 15:25

This is not my kind of movie. As Joel said after it ended, "I could tell after the first four seconds of foreboding music you weren't going to like it." Dark is a great word to describe this movie - it is chilling, haunting, and downright disturbing. 

The story takes place in Alaska, on the edge of civilization. Wolves have stolen local children, and a grieving mother reaches out to a writer and wolf expert to find the animals who took her son. When Russell Core arrives he gets sucked into a darker more nefarious plot, and when her husband returns from the Iraq War things get even darker. The husband is played by Alexander Skarsgard and he is creepy as all get out in this role. 

The wilderness shots of rural Alaska are stunning, but not enough to make the rest of the movie worth it for me. I've always said I think I would like living in Alaska (I much prefer cold over hot) but this movie had me rethinking that plan. The lack of sunlight would be too hard for me! The whole movie is just depressing and not at all what I enjoy in a movie. I like stories that uplift, that entertain, that let me escape reality. I suppose this did let me escape my reality but it took me into one I have no desire to be a part of. 

If you like gritty character dramas, don't mind extreme violence, and like, well, darkness, this one is for you. Personally, I'd rather watch The Kissing Booth again.