Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgard, James Badge Dale, Riley Keough
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Based on the novel by William Giraldi
Runtime: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Adventure | Drama | Horror
I wouldn’t exactly call this movie a horror movie. Yeah, it’s got some creepy tendencies, but it’s more of a suspense thriller than anything. A confusing one at that. I did not understand one bit of the plot for this film. The synopsis on IMDB is a bit vague: After the deaths of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness. It sounds simple enough, and it started out that way, but the plot took many turns that did not make sense to me.
This entire post will probably be a spoiler alert, so if you want to see this movie I would stop reading.
Russell Core is played by Jeffrey Wright (BeeTee from The Hunger Games). He comes to this small town in Alaska to hunt down the wolves that are taking children from their families due to scarce conditions. Well… let’s just say it’s not the wolves doing the bidding… yet I’m not 100% sure who is was doing the bidding. This is why I’m so confused with this movie.
First he finds the boys body, then there’s a manhunt, then a guy in the village goes on a shooting spree, and the father is somewhere else killing people. I don’t understand. Perhaps I missed a key scene in the film or something that was there to tie it all together? Aside from me being confused, the movie itself was strange and dark and just plain boring. It didn’t have many “thrills” it should have (other than the gun fight scene I guess, that was the most exciting part even though I didn’t understand why it was happening).
I have a feeling the writers tried to go with a wolf-oriented meaning for the plot and killings, but it just didn’t work for me. The acting was alright and I didn’t like the filmography. The scenes with the dad in the Middle East also felt added in there and really didn’t help me in following the story, along with the flashbacks of him and the boy. I felt like there were too many underlying aspects that didn’t mesh together in my brain. I’m going to give this movie a “Hated It.” It’s not at strange as The Ritual, but still a strange one. I guess that’s what we can expect from Netflix now? (0/5).
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"
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