Review: Hold the Dark
Baby, it's cold outside - and murky, tooIt's atmospheric. It's well-acted. It invests as much in building tension as it does paying out visceral set-pieces - there's a shoot-out here that really puts us through the wringer. Director Jeremy Saulnier's craft is impeccable but his driving purpose is less clear here than in his previous gems Blue Ruin and Green Room. Stranded between its desire to deliver as a gritty thriller and its aspirations toward something loftier, Hold the Dark feels half-mixed and over-baked: compelling most of the way but, finally, never truly convincing.