Hold the Dark ★★

In the interests of full disclosure, I will say that director Jeremy Saulnier’s last two efforts (Blue Ruin, Green Room) made my top 10 lists in each respective year.  And there is nothing disappointing here in terms of cinematography or editing (or for that matter, the performances).  But as with I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore (which was similarly released directly to Netflix last year), I have to say that, as amiable an actor as he is, Macon Blair is simply not a disciplined screenwriter.  Besides exhibiting little control over the story itself, Blair’s attempt to make every other line of dialogue sound mysterious, poetic, and enigmatic grows tiresome before we even get to the end of the first act.

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