Night Moves

(USA, 2013, 112 mins, DCP)
CAST Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat, Logan Miller
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"Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) is one of three eco-terrorists who plan to blow up a local hydroelectric dam. His fellow-conspirators are Dena (Dakota Fanning), a shrewd rich girl who works at a health spa, and Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard), a cynical ex-marine who has taken part in such capers before. Their ideas are rather simple and not that far from despair. They know that they can’t stop the degradation of the environment and the overconsumption of power, yet they are outraged that the dam is providing electricity and water for luxuries like the myriad local golf courses."

"[...] The physical action in the movie is detailed, weighted, palpable. You watch with amazement and dread as the conspirators mix ammonium-nitrate fertilizer with fuel, load it into a boat, and steer the boat to the edge of the dam. The ambivalence grows as you gaze at the natural Oregonian magnificence that surrounds them (photographed with sombre beauty by Christopher Blauvelt): they are both protectors and violators of the environment, both righteous and criminal. What happens at the dam, filmed at night, with only shimmering light, is the most nerve-racking sequence in recent movies."

— David Denby, The New Yorker

Kelly Reichardt Filmography:

River of Grass (1994); Old Joy (2006); Wendy and Lucy (2008); Meek’s Cutoff (2010)

"Night Moves is a film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus."—Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"Sharp and haunting."—AO Scott, New York Times