Parents' Guide to

Hold the Dark

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Hyperviolent, compelling thriller is graphic and brutal.

Movie NR 2018 125 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+
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ok movie

little violent but boring in the end

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Too much violence

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With this, his fourth film, director Jeremy Saulnier continues to artfully disarm and shock his fans as he saturates them with heightened violence and brutality. Saulnier has assembled an extraordinary cast along with talented cinematographer Marcus Nordenhof Jonk and editor Julia Bloch to deliver a singularly frightening and complex thriller. Part slasher film, part teasing the occult, and mostly a devastating portrait of severely disturbed minds, Hold the Dark will surprise as confidently as it wreaks havoc. Alexander Skarsgård, who is said to have campaigned diligently for the role of Vern Slone, appears to avoid movies that celebrate his movie star handsomeness to find offbeat projects that explore a darker side (e.g., Big Little Lies, Mute). It works here. Jeffrey Wright is just right in the role of Core. And Alaska, with its lengthy dark nights and austere but astonishing visuals, is very much a central character in the movie.

Still, there are baffling moments -- plot elements that rise to the surface only to be (probably purposefully) unexplored. Those story points will leave viewers either puzzled or simply willing to accept Saulnier and the writers' impenetrable approach. Not for the faint of heart.

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