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Night Moves - Film Review
A sparse but chilling eco-thriller starring Jesse Eisenberg
The film's title echoes the Gene Hackman 1975 noir film and is the name of the speedboat the trio pack with ammonium nitrate-based fertiliser to make a crude but deadly bomb. While the Machiavellian ex-Marine Harmon lurks off screen, Reichardt cleverly leaves the verdict on organic farmer Josh and trust fund revolutionary Dena open. Are they environmental heroes or vegan villains who can't see the bigger picture? It's the audience's call.
Reichardt has said that the Pacific Northwest feels like the environmental front line and her documentary-style offers food for thought before the drama shifts gears. The structure of the film recalls the intense build of a creeping heist movie merged with the pause for thought stylings of an arthouse drama. The score by Jeff Grace delivers a dark mood with its synthesised chord swells as Josh and Dena face up to the harsh realities of their mission in a disturbing final act. Prepare to be gripped.
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