Night Moves

Night Moves

Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | Blu-ray edition.
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"Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam"--from
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: [New York] : Cinedigm Entertainment, [2014]
Edition: Blu-ray edition.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Night
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 112 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,Blu-ray
Language Note: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Oct 02, 2020

Somewhat interesting but not terribly believable.

Apr 07, 2019

Way too boring to see it through!

Jan 25, 2019

just so you know, Alia Shawkat plays a very small part in this movie.

Jan 16, 2019

Deliberately slow and meditative. Feels like a realistic depiction of Pacific NW rural eco vegan culture and the two young radicals, introvert Eisenberg and radical ex rich girl Fanning, who emerge from it, helped out by ex Marine Saarsgard, who seems more of an adventurist. The director's obviously looking for realism. The plot is slow but engaging and even suspenseful, and the performances are terrific. Recommended. Especially if your taste runs more to Chinatown, for example, than Die Hard.

Dec 27, 2018

Meh. Not bad, not good. Fine performances, light on character development, and plot, and purpose. Could use a good half hour edit. Recommended if you are trying to fill in seeing any of the actors' body of works.

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.

Jul 13, 2016

I gave up on this within a few moments.

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.

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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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.

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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