When the long winter night falls in Ennis, Alaska, the eight men who operate the Tsalal Arctic Research Station vanish without a trace. To solve the case, Detectives Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis) will have to confront the darkness they carry in themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice. (HBO Max)


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English I wonder if the first wave of reviewers, who before the broadcast were shouting in unison (in retrospect) raving lines about the best True Detective season, were just getting drunk on a roll (the impression of exclusivity of being the first to see it) or if they got a proper reward from the studio. Most likely, HBO did a good job of calculating who they could exclusively show it to in order to get the desired response. I guess it wasn't exactly hard – after the final episode, it seems that the biggest focus was on hanging all the progressive themes on the "plot" that "journalists" automatically give points for. So there's a dominant protagonist (and it doesn't matter that she's extremely unlikeable), strongly represented minorities (and it doesn't matter that Kali Reis isn't up to the acting), environmental themes and positively framed terrorist activists, or a supposed Inuit mystique consisting of occasional esoteric bollocks and wandering digital beasts. I'd a hundred times rather watch a progressive thing than a conservative thing myself, but it annoys me to no end that someone thinks it will be enough on its own. Make a damn good crime drama in the first place. For five episodes I tolerated Night Country as an annoyingly drawn-out but – perhaps – average crime drama, but I found the finale a mockery. It was stupid on so many levels! I burst out laughing out loud at the flashback reconstruction of what actually happened at the base. ()


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English The writing is two levels worse than Pizzolatto. The unsatisfying ending and the stilted linking with the first series are actually more distracting than enjoyable. The creepy atmosphere is solid as well, and the final reveal is quite original. Unfortunately a lot of the motifs are just for show and have no justification other than to create that creepy atmosphere. Too bad. An environmental point driven to awkwardness the moment the creators decide not to reveal what was the cool thing the guys actually found there. Jodie Foster plays an unlikeable wannabe badass, Kali Reis is pretty cool, but those face piercings probably didn’t feel too nice in the freezing cold. The family relationships and trauma were almost useless, and if Night Country had been a movie unrelated to True Detective, they would have done better. I think I'll put Matthew and Woody back on to fix my appetite. ()



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English It is a pity about the rushed ending, which for example escalated the relationship between the Prior father and son too much for my taste and almost took the other characters (Danvers' daughter, the mysterious Rose) too far. Otherwise, I really enjoyed Night Country, and I'm not just talking about the fantastic atmosphere and the captivating cinematography, but especially the performances of Jodie Foster and Kali Reis. The combination of crime and mystery worked well, I can't imagine a more appropriate setting for such a case. ()

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