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Night Moves (2014)



Critic Consensus: A uniquely character-driven thriller with a finely composed cast and some outstanding direction from Kelly Reichardt, Night Moves bolsters its thought-provoking themes with compelling drama.

Movie Info

NIGHT MOVES, the fifth feature film from acclaimed filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam-the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise. Harmon is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas. His life in the military is behind him, but at heart he remains the same reckless alpha male he always was, eager for adventure, excited by the prospect of mayhem and destruction. Dena is a high society dropout, sickened by the consumer economy into which she was born. She's moved west and cut ties with her family, edging ever deeper into radical politics. And Josh, their leader, is a self-made militant, devoted to the protection of the Earth by any means necessary. A son of the middle class who works on an organic farm, he's an intensely private person by nature and may have the deepest convictions of them all. NIGHT MOVES is a tale of suspense and a meditation on the consequences of political extremism. When do legitimate convictions truly demand illegal behaviors? What happens to a person's idealism when they find their back against the wall?(c) Cinedigmmore
Rating: R (for some language and nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond, Jon Raymond
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2014
Cinedigm Entertainment - Official Site


Jason Rojas
as Activist 1
Clara Mamet
as Activist Filmmaker
Mikey Kampmann
as Activist 2
Matt Malloy
as Boat Owner
Jeff Rowles
as Feed Store Customer
Scott Patrick Green
as Feed Store Customer
Bart McCarthy
as Farmer 1
Ernie Ephraim
as Farmer 2
Gavin MacCartney
as Kid at Campground
Jonah Goergen
as Kid at the Lake
Oliver Goergen
as Kid at the Lake
Lew Temple
as Wandering Camper
Nate Mooney
as Driver with Flat Tir...
Jackie Apodaca
as Woman at Spa
Kaiti Zemet
as Sports Store Employe...
Griffin Newman
as Middle Manager
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Critic Reviews for Night Moves

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (40)

I'd say this is a movie about alienation that, in the spirit of the boldest activism, isn't afraid to be ostracized itself. You may beg to differ, and I'd say that's the point.

Full Review… | October 5, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Night Moves calls us (inadvertently or not) to reconsider our definition of what's "natural." Certainly, some of the ways we've failed to care for the planet as we were charged back at the beginning have had dire consequences. Let's not ignore that.

Full Review… | April 13, 2016
Christianity Today

The film serves as a reminder that our greatest fear isn't necessarily getting caught in the act; it's getting caught down the line.

Full Review… | September 2, 2015
Consequence of Sound

Reichardt has crafted a mesmerising, unsettling film about the ripple effects of our decisions and how we live with them.

Full Review… | February 19, 2015
FILMINK (Australia)

The actors in the story give very good performances. The story is fairly solid. It is a bit subdued and there are some logical holes in it, but on the whole it is a fairly realistic scenario.

Full Review… | January 19, 2015
Laramie Movie Scope

The actors give down-to-earth but emotionally charged performances distinguished by a subsurface simmer that sometimes intensifies into a slow boil.

Full Review… | January 12, 2015
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Night Moves


It does a great job to let us slowly find out what it is about instead of resorting to exposition, but what could have been a thought-provoking story about ecoterrorism/environmentalism turns out to be a sterile thriller with a frustrating, utterly predictable second half.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

From Jesse Eisenberg at his best, to Dakota Fanning proving she is a worthy actress, you would think that a film like "Night Moves" would have much more to offer than just that, but that is really all I got out of this film in terms of enjoyment. The cinematography is great and the director did an amazing job with the cast, but the story was just not interesting or exciting enough to justify these elements which ended up grabbing my interest and losing it in a matter of minutes periodically throughout this film. In no way is this a bad film, in fact, I can see how some people would call it a masterpiece, but it is a very slow moving picture with little else to offer than technical aspects and great performances. "Night Moves" had a screenplay that did not take any risks and that bothered me a lot. Overall, it is a very well-constructed thriller that I probably will never watch again.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

In her own low key way, Kelly Reichardt continues to move away from character driven movies to more plot driven ones with her latest film "Night Moves." While not entirely successful, she does make a couple of good points about the trouble that saboteurs and terrorists have in trying to get their points across to the general public with their violent acts. On a much more personal level than the plot to bomb a dam in Oregon, there is the trouble that Josh(Jesse Eisenberg) has in communicating his feelings toward Dena(Dakota Fanning), his fellow conspirator, along with Harmon(Peter Sarsgaard), an unreliable veteran, known. In any case, Eisenberg has no trouble conveying his character's emotions without that much dialogue.

But that same low key approach can also work against the movie which does not so much end, as just sort of runs out of gas eventually. Another example would be a key scene that while at first might seem disposable is actually a flashback to the first time Josh meets Dena. It is at a screening of an environmental film. During the Q & A, Dena asks the filmmaker what she can do. It is Josh, scowling in the corner before this, who does have an answer for her.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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