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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Josh
... Dena
... Harmon
... Surprise
... Dylan
... Sean
... Anne
... Feed Factory Clerk
Traber Charles Burns ... Felix
Autumn Nidalmia ... Mable
... Corser
Jason Rojas ... Activist 1
... Activist Filmmaker
Mikey Kampmann ... Activist 2
... Boat Owner


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 April 2014 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Gece Plani  »

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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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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Lake of the Woods (Oregon) is a natural lake, and does not have a dam as portrayed in the film. (Galesville Reservoir, which is 100 miles from Lake of the Woods, was used for filming) See more »


[first lines]
Dena: Whoa, I think that was an Oriole. I didn't know we had those.
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References Shadow of a Doubt (1943) See more »


Written and Performed by 'Hayley Taylor (I)'
Published by House of Hassle
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Strike One for Kelly Reichardt
17 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

"It'll all go fast in the end. Once the marine biodiversity goes, everything goes with it."

I was unfamiliar with Kelly Reichardt until Night Moves, but I had heard several great things from her direction in Meek's Cutoff and Wendy and Lucy. Night Moves has also received many praises from critics so I really don't know how I will feel about her other films because this one was a disappointment for me. Perhaps I don't get her style of filmmaking but the entire film felt tedious and there wasn't any tension. For a movie that is centered on a character driven plot I really didn't feel like I learned much about these three radical environmentalists. What motivates them to take these extreme measures? All we know is that they are environmentalists, but I didn't feel like they had any distinct trait. The pacing of this film was really slow and at times I felt like abandoning it, but I continued to watch in hopes that the plot got better. After all, Hollywood Report compared it to the the suspenseful Hitchcock films of the 50's. The final third act of the film was the worst considering some of the decisions made felt completely out of character. Night Moves lacked soul and purpose, I really never managed to get into it despite how much I liked the cast. It was a numbing experience for me and no matter how gorgeous the Oregon landscape was, I simply never bought into the story. Reichardt loves to use steady shots and let the action unfold in front of us, but they were as tedious as the the slow pacing of the film. Nature might be captured beautifully in Night Moves, but the characters' motivations were really hard to believe at times. I tend to enjoy low key films, but for a character driven one I really didn't see much development going on. Yes, Eisenberg's character is alienated, Fanning's is strong willed, and Sarsgaard's is the most adventurous, but other than that we don't get much from their restrained performances. I might be on the minority here so I will give Reichardt another chance and check out one of her previous films to see if I enjoy it better than Night Moves.

I wouldn't have a problem with a slow burner like Night Moves if the final result was a rewarding experience, but the third act is even less engaging than the previous ones. I can't simply enjoy a film because it's restrained and it's nice to look at. Sure some of the steady long shots looked cool, but after a while it too becomes tedious as the characters in this film. Eisenberg received a lot of praise for his performance here, although I really never bought into his character's motivations. The strongest performance for me came from Peter Sarsgaard who was much more believable and understandable. Dakota Fanning had some interesting scenes as well, but I still had a hard time getting engaged with their characters. Comparisons with The East were almost inevitable for me considering the theme of this film, but somehow I didn't enjoy this as much as Batmanglij's film. That film despite having several flaws managed to maintain the tension throughout most of its running time unlike what I felt with Night Moves which simply failed to deliver suspense or any real drama.

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