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Night Moves (2013)

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Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.



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Josh and Dena, two young environmental activists, are planning a large scale act to force the world to think about what they're doing to the environment. They pull in Harmon, a man with a sketchy past, to help them pull off their big plan. However, unforeseen consequences bring a whole host of guilt, paranoia and other problems, and their ultimate act will change themselves more than the world around them. Written by Anne Campbell

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Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 April 2014 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$24,100 (USA) (30 May 2014)


$252,903 (USA) (1 August 2014)

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1.78 : 1
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Paul Dano and Rooney Mara were considered for the lead roles before Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning were cast. See more »


In the opening scenes of the film, Josh and Dena are shown at Lake of the Woods, which is in southern Oregon. Later in the film, when they are heading to the lake with the boat, they mention that they will have to put in "upstream at Lake of the Woods". The following morning, Josh asks what is going on as people are reading the news, and it is said that "Someone blew up Green Peter Dam last night", and later when Josh is at the library, the news article mentions Green Peter Dam, and the Santiam River, which Green Peter Dam impounds to form Green Peter Lake. Green Peter Dam is outside of Sweet Home, and is over 100 miles from Lake of the Woods. See more »


[first lines]
Dena: Whoa, I think that was an Oriole. I didn't know we had those.
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A Rather Good Indie!
17 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you are a fan of slow-paced, character-driven movies, than Night Moves is the perfect movie for you. This film presents a rather good theme regarding environmentalism and saving the planet, but the film, even by my standards, move at such a snail pace, it would be hard to watch the film. That being said, it has a moving story and great acting as we should expect with such a character-driven drama. And no, this film is not about Bob Seger's "Night Moves," as one would want to expect, haha.

Kelly Reichart's film is about how three radicalized people decide to blow up a dam and the unforeseen consequences they face due to their actions.

I thought everyone gave compelling performances in the movie. Jesse Eisenberg does a good job as the leader of the plot, Josh. He was mostly sullen and conflicted, but then again his character had to be. Dakota Fanning does a fine job as Dena, who begins to raise doubts after the incident. Peter Sarsgaard was pretty good as Harmon, the ex-Marine who seems quite suspicious.

Overall, Night Moves is a slow-moving, but very interesting drama. I liked the characterization and I even liked the ending, as it leaves a message open to interpretation. But on the other hand, the movie crawling at such a slow pace can be a tad irritating. But this movie does have interesting themes to play with and relevant themes as well.

My Grade: B-

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