Tribeca Film Festival: "Night Moves" Review

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A drama centered on three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam.
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Director Kelly Reichardt gives us a powerful and thrilling film with her addition the the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, Night Moves.  The movie centers around a small group of environmentalists that are sick and tired of watching the world be destroyed by corporate America.  The main character Josh (Jesse Essenberg) devises a plan with his friend Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) to blow up the local dam that has destroyed the salmon population.  Josh’s friend Dena (Dakota Fanning) also gets involved and the three seek vengeance inside a boat filled with explosives.

I liked this film from the start because I love the outdoors and it made me really excited to go camping up in the mountains again.  The film is set and filmed in Oregon so you can only imagine how beautiful the scenery is.  Even with the beautiful view around him, you can tell something is wrong with Josh because he really doesn’t talk for the first 15 minutes of the film.  Essenberg did a good job showing the audience that wheels were turning in his head and that his thoughts were not good ones.

The first half of the film was very exciting to watch and I liked, didn’t love, Dakota Fanning’s character.  She didn’t seem to have the same passion as Josh did, and I feel like a girl like that would not of done what she did.  I always like seeing Sarsgaard though because he makes a brilliant suspicious-like character. He did not dissapoint me at all in his role as know it all environmentalist who wants to take the land back at whatever price.  There was a time in the third act though that the movie slowed down for about fifteen minutes, but the rest of the film was very gripping and exciting. 

 

I think the director and the actors overall did a great job and I was happy I choose to see this film at this years Tribeca Festival.