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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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Kelly Reichardt

Writers:

Jonathan Raymond (as Jon Raymond), Kelly Reichardt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Josh
Dakota Fanning ... Dena
Peter Sarsgaard ... Harmon
Alia Shawkat ... Surprise
Logan Miller ... Dylan
Kai Lennox ... Sean
Katherine Waterston ... Anne
James Le Gros ... Feed Factory Clerk
Traber Charles Burns Traber Charles Burns ... Felix
Autumn Nidalmia Autumn Nidalmia ... Mable
Barry Del Sherman ... Corser
Jason Rojas Jason Rojas ... Activist 1
Clara Mamet ... Activist Filmmaker
Mikey Kampmann Mikey Kampmann ... Activist 2
Matt Malloy ... Boat Owner
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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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Action | Drama | Thriller

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Medford, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,100, 30 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$252,903, 3 August 2014
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The female director Kelly Reichardt first intended to shoot the close scene of the driver changing his tire, when the leads are about lo leave the dam side after putting the bomb. But Reichardt should have lost the protagonist perspective if her camera had been close to the car driver, three hundred yards from the lead characters. So she dropped the idea. See more »

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When the threesome move away from the dam in the truck, it is very obvious from the reflections in the windshield that the car is not moving at all. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dena: Whoa, I think that was an Oriole. I didn't know we had those.
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San Francisco Street
Written by Rai Thistlethwayte, Jeff Trott
Performed by Sun Rai
Published by Cyrillic Soup (ASCAP)/Pub. Designee of Rai Thistlethwayte
Administered by Wixen Music Publishing
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A Well-Made Thriller
10 July 2014 | by kr98664See all my reviews

I went to the theater, a bit afraid I'd be on the receiving end of Enviro-Preaching. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find something different. This was actually a suspenseful thriller about paranoia taking hold after the commission of a major crime.

The environmental aspect was just a means to move the story along. Although the story involves eco-sabotage, the basic premise of the fallout from paranoia could have fit in a story about something similar like a robbery gone wrong, etc.

I was tickled to see the counter-culture hippie family eating bacon, and the self-righteous radical enviro-warriors owning gas-guzzling full-size pickup trucks. One of the guys, for all his professed love of the earth, treated his property like a pig sty. I don't think these and other little treats were accidents.

On the negative side, the movie was a bit on the slow side. Not horribly slow, but just a little on the plodding side. I think there were a few too many shots of the main character staring into space, having deep thoughts. Maybe it was constipation, I don't know. And the ending? Definitely could have been reworked, as it was rather disappointing.

In spite of these moderate flaws, I enjoyed this movie very much. It's well worth checking out.


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