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True Detective: Night Country

Country: United States, Language: English, 59 mins

  • Director: Issa López
  • Writer: Issa López
  • Producer: Layla Blackman, Sam Breckman, Blake Brown, Richard Brown, Lee Caplin, Mark Ceryak, Leifur B. Dagfinnsson, Jodie Foster, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Steve Golin, Woody Harrelson, Barry Jenkins, Princess Daazhraii Johnson, Namsi Khan, Issa López, Matthew McConaughey, Chris Mundy, Alan Page, Nic Pizzolatto, Cathy Tagnak Rexford, Adele Romanski, Elin Mjoll Thorhallsdottir, Mari-Jo Winkler

CGiii Comment

It would seem the jury is divided!

Perhaps Night Country would have stood a better chance if it had stood on its own two feet without the 'True Detective' moniker attached. Endless comparisons have been made, ranging from a 'return to form' to nothing 'True Detective' about it.

Considering the original series creator and writer had absolutely nothing to do with this, it would seem fair to agree with the latter.'s not bad. It's definitely atmospheric. The production values are up there with the best of them. Performances and cast, again, up there with the best of them. It's the actual telling of the story that presents a few problems. Plot-holes as big as sink-holes start appearing early on...being partially explained away by the supernatural and by Inuit tradition beliefs. Yes, it's a big ask...but, Issa López trundles on regardless, regularly shifting focus, forgetting the main story too often, box-ticking with irrelevant sapphic dalliances and subplots that simply disappear.

As for the conclusion, the big reveal...too many unanswered questions - which is odd because Jodi Foster's character is obsessed with asking questions - particularly the right question - throughout. Well, her character failed to ask or answer too many of the 'right' questions. What an anti-climax!


The(ir) Blurb...

In Ennis, Alaska, the men that operate a research station vanish. To solve the case, Chief Danvers and Navarro will have to confront the darkness themselves, and dig into the haunted truths that lie buried under the eternal ice.

Cast & Characters

Jodie Foster (as Liz Danvers)
Kali Reis (as Evangeline Navarro)
Fiona Shaw (as Rose Aguineau)
Finn Bennett (as Peter Prior)
Isabella LaBlanc (as Leah Danvers (as Isabella Star LaBlanc))
John Hawkes (as Hank Prior)
Diane E. Benson (as Bee (as L'Xeis Diane Benson))
Aka Niviâna (as Julia)
Angunnguaq Larsen (as Dominic Pitka)
Tim van Eyken (as Ralph Emerson)
Pablo Anibal Frana (as Facundo Molina)
John Albasiny (as Anton Kotov)
Nicholas Goh (as Li Jie)
Þorsteinn Bachmann (as Anders Lund)
Adam Burton (as Lucas Merens)
Jeff Mirza (as Veer Mehta)
Owen McDonnell (as Raymond Clark)
Darren Foreman (as Bill Wallis)
Joi Johannsson (as Crab Plant Manager (as Jói Jóhannsson))
Aron Már Ólafsson (as Ace)
Kathryn Wilder (as Blair Hartman)
Erling Eliasson (as Dead Travis)
Grace Anderson (as Lulu)
Marita Susanna Dalsgaard (as Kerri Gillard (as Marita Dalsgaard))
Hákon Jóhannesson (as Dude from the House)