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True Detective Night Country Review

True Detective Night Country Review: the noise of the lambs

We previewed True Detective: Night Country, season 4 of the acclaimed HBO TV show: the review

There was a door opening into another space – with masterful use of parallel editing – in the third act of Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs, a legendary investigative thriller-horror starring Jodie Foster closely related to Michael Mann’s Manhunt. Instead, there was a door opening to another time – with a masterful and disorienting use of past flashback – in Wind River by Taylor Sheridan, one of the great modern offspring of The Silence of the Lambs and at the same time the result, in 2017, of the worldwide success achieved by Nick Pizzolatto and HBO with the TV show True Detective, a series capable of reinvigorating the strand and awakening its interest in the public.

And since time is a flat circle, with season 4 of True Detective, Night Country, this common thread comes full circle and enhances thirty years of the investigative thriller, bringing Jodie Foster between Alaska’s timeless and spaceless ice: here to open, at a crucial moment in the narrative, will be not so much a door as a trapdoor, a perfect symbol of a story all about what remains buried and is in danger of disappearing forever, as much in the ground we walk on as in people’s hearts.

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True Detective: Night Country, horrors in the snow

Not a season 4 but a true rebirth, exactly ten years after the release of the first series with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson (who here return as executive producers along with series creator Pizzolatto, for the first time away from showrunner duties), True Detective: Night Country offers a significant shift for HBO TV show. With Issa Lopez leading all episodes as both director and showrunner (the first time a season of the series has been directed by a single writer since the first narrative cycle of Cary Fukunaga), the new incarnation Night Country fully embraces the atmospheres of the supernatural and pure horror, making perfect use of the suggestions offered by its wonderful and disturbing vistas.

The long night in Ennis, Alaska, as that of Winterfell in the world of Game of Thrones. and similar to what happened with ‘the long day’ of Insomnia by Christopher Nolan (If you want to learn more about Insomnia, here is our special article dedicated to the Best Christopher Nolan Movies), brings with it horrors and anxieties that from the guilty minds of the protagonists – alongside Jodie Foster in this investigation is Kali Reis – always seem to be on the verge of materializing in the real world: the long outer and inner night seem to be able to come into contact and give rise to unimaginable horrors as ancestral as the mysterious creatures buried in the permafrost.

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Kali Reis and Jodie Foster in True Detective: Night Country

Issa Lopez, not surprisingly the director of the beautiful supernatural thriller Tigers are not afraid (which we recommend you catch up on in preparation for viewing Night Country), is inspired by the world of realism-magic-but-horror a la Stephen King – impossible not to think of the disturbing investigations of The Outsider, given the HBO logo – but exploits these atmospheres to investigate not so much the mystery behind the seemingly inexplicable murder of eight men found in the ice as a creepy version of the sculptural group of the Laocoontebut rather the hearts of men called to gather around them.

After all noir is always a matter of being face to face with oneself, to mirror oneself in the crime in front of one’s face in order to discover a new truth about one’s being: Nick Pizzolatto had done it so well with the original three wonderful seasons – yes, dammit, even the underrated and tremendously fascinating second one – and Issa Lopez with True Detective: Night Country opens to a new course of possibilities that transcends genres and that succeeds in everything.

TRUE DETECTIVE: NIGHT COUNTRY | From Jan. 15 exclusively on Sky and streaming only on NOW


Matteo Regoli

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