Reeling - Rene Rodriguez

June 8, 2014

Night Moves (R)

The best movies by director Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff) center on people dealing with personal issues against an uncaring world, be it the unsettled West, rural Oregon or the merciless attitude of insular small towns toward homeless people. In Night Moves, her latest and most accessible picture, the Miami-born filmmaker turns the formula upside-down. This is the story of three aggressive activists — Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), Dena (Dakota Fanning) and Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) — who are planning to blow up a hydroelectric dam that is causing ecological harm to the surrounding environment. They don’t intend to hurt anyone: The first half of the movie, which meticulously details how they prepare to carry out their plan, makes it clear their only intent is to send a strong message.

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