Hold the Dark ★★★½

“now you understand about the sky, don’t you”

at first i was sure this was going to lack the tense bite of his past two films, going into more ambiguously atmospheric terrain, but eventually this rears it’s ugly head and bites back like i was hoping it would. this is definitely jeremy saulnier: still focusing on the violent decisions of people and the absolute chaos that crackles in the air in the aftermath. the slow burn of reality and how meaningless and ruthless the most horrific moments in life can be

these moments left me stunned, but felt too aimless to be fully appreciated. and the rest too vague to fully get a grasp on. i’m glad this surprised me a little, yet it still didn’t really satisfy what i wanted it to. but i think i knew that going in