Film Reviews, Short Review

Night Moves (2013)

2.5/4

A quiet, contemplative mood piece about three eco-terrorists (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard) who blow up a dam. The first half is setup, the second the resulting fallout. Although the performances are on the whole solid, Eisenberg in the lead role comes across as just a little too inscrutable and closed-off to really give the film the lift it needs in its depiction of Dostoyeskian moral questions. With that said, Kelly Reichardt, one of America’s most accomplished independent directors, gains a lot of mileage out of the American landscape, and crafts a poetic, organic visual style in Night Moves, even if the film as a whole is a little too slowly-paced and meandering to really work in the way it was intended.

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