The film, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, tells the story of three activists plotting the destruction of a hydroelectric dam. As reviewers are noting, Reichardt's talent is the richness of detail she gives her characters - focusing on the trio's personal morals, angst, and growing unease with each other. Writes Andrew O'Hehir for Salon:
"If some of the plot twists in the final third of “Night Moves” feel overly calculated, the mood never slackens, and Reichardt captures the occluded character of the crunchy-lefty counterculture – where you never quite know who someone is, or what they’ve been up to – with an insider’s eye. In fact, the movie’s most effective bombs go off in dead silence, and have little to do with the dam or the specific fates of Josh, Dena and Harmon."
"What seems to unite Josh, Dena and Harmon — and to cause Josh particular anguish — is the longing to find some other way to live. The glimpses of the modern agrarian counterculture have a rough, unassuming authenticity, but the film presents an Arcadia haunted by anxiety, by the unseen but atmospherically palpable specters of climate change, government interference and big money."
All told, "Night Moves" currently has a 79% "Fresh" rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. You can check out a trailer for the film, available now in limited release, below.
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