Night Moves

Night Moves

Streaming Video - 2012
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Night Moves is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 03, 2018

Not to be confused with the 1970s Gene Hackman or the Bob Seger song. There should be a movie called "Nightmoves: The Bob Seger Story." Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as environmental activists (Some may prefer terrorists.), who blow up a dam. However, the story is less about that and more about the aftermath and the consequences, especially for Eisenberg and Fanning, who work at a cooperative farm. If you've seen any of Kelly Reichardt's films ("Wendy and Lucy," "Meek's Cutoff," "Certain Women"), who know she works slowly and deliberately, and it doesn't seem entirely fair to call her films boring. It's a good subject and the film and performances are understated. Alia Shakwat, Katherine Waterston, and James Le Gros have small parts. Filmed in Oregon.

One of the other commentators mentioned CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, and if that's what Kelly Reichardt was doing here, re-framing fictionalized Earth Firsters! as modern day Raskolnikovs, well, it's certainly more interesting -- comparing 21st century radical ecologists with 19th century radical utilitarians -- than the actual movie, which halfway through becomes improbably Hitchcockian. If this is the best American indie cinema can muster, oh what an embarrassment it is.

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firefly5
Jul 13, 2016

I gave up on this within a few moments.

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rslade
Mar 05, 2016

Lots of ideas, none really realized. Much too complicated, and it's hard to tell what the point is supposed to be.

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uugene
Feb 25, 2016

In "Night Moves", the characters drift between principle and ambiguity. It's a thoughtful and well-crafted film. The acting, photography and soundtrack are all quietly impressive. In fact the movie should really get a 4-star rating - but I'm penalizing it one and a half stars for leaving me creeped out and depressed.

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jimg2000
Aug 29, 2015

First half showed a well planned and executed terrorism act by a trio of clearly intelligent fringe eco-activists. The second half dealt with the aftermath -- their remorse and deadly consequences (no caption or subtitle.) Eisenberg was super as a calculating broody eco-warrior.

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barbbicycle
Aug 27, 2015

Boring

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 16, 2015

1) Crime and punishment. Sometimes the punishment is always having to look over your shoulder to see if you are verge of being caught. 2) Murphy's Law - If a plan can go wrong, it will go wrong. 3) If you are not ready to pay the piper, don't do the crime.

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3romm3la
Jun 22, 2015

The director somehow managed to make a suspenseful plot into a complete bore. The movie lacked intensity.

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COURIER3
Apr 19, 2015

VERY DISAPPOINTING. TOO MANY SCENES IN POOR LIGHT.
TOO ANY SCENES WITH NO TALKING. WHAT A BUNCH OF LOOSERS. WHY DID THEY NOT SHOW THE BOAT BLOWING UP?
SHOULD HAVE USED FAST FORWARD BUTTON.

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jimg2000
Aug 29, 2015

Narrative from an environmental film:
The disaster we see is happening everywhere at the same time. The clock is ticking. It has been ticking for 150 years now, since the dawn of industrialization. We are a culture hooked on profit, production, and perpetual growth, but at what cost? The disaster is happening to our farmlands. It is happening to our oceans, our forests, our wildlife. It is happening to our climate. How long will it be until humanity understands that everything is interconnected? How long until multinational corporations understand that they can't make a profit off a dead planet? So let the revolution begin, all around the globe. An army of individual citizens must rise up and take a stand for the future, for the people, and for the planet.

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jimg2000
Aug 29, 2015

Dena: By 2048 the oceans are going to be empty.
Harmon: Yeah, who says?
Dena: Science.
Harmon: Science... Maybe science is wrong.
Dena: No. 29% of edible fish have gone day by 90%. More people are moving to the coast lines, there there's more pollution, more waste. Situation is getting geometically worse. It'll all go fast in the end. Once the marine bio-diversity goes, everything goes with it.

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