NIGHT MOVES

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Night Moves” is about what happens when hippie environmentalists stop playing nice and decide to do something that will grab attention. That being the destruction of a hydroelectric dam for some imaginary hippie purpose. Dakota Fanning feels so duped in this, but her character informs the entire narrative. If you’re from a certain class, then you don’t need to worry about things. Sarsgaard and Eisenberg worry because no one else is watching out for their interests. They have to act now, so that there is a future for their ilk. Damn if that means a camper has to drown. It’s horrible, but it won’t stop them from their mission.

Kelly Reichardt is a fascinating director. While most of her movies aren’t seen by the mainstream, they’re local jaunts that strike at themes that matter to the director. A true underground auteur that is due for critical attention, Reichardt forces you to look at the choices and penalties facing the common folk. While “Wendy and Lucy” might have handled the subject matter in a far more concrete fashion, you can’t help but feel the pain in Eisenberg’s head and heart throughout the finale. Nobody ever gets away clean in the realm of lofty ideals and big thoughts. Some casual viewers might be put off by the long lingering camera moves and how the film doesn’t know when to end. Well, if you made it through “Return of the King”, you can shut up and support Independent Cinema.

The Blu-Ray comes with a trailer as the sole special feature. The A/V Quality is strong for a low budget movie. The 1080p transfer looks crisp for the gloomy surroundings. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track kicks in where needed. Ultimately, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 09/02/2014

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