(Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, et al / DVD / R / 2014 / Cinedigm)
Overview: Kelly Reichardt's suspense-thriller 'NIGHT MOVES' is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives.
DVD Verdict: Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' is a slow burning thriller that focuses more on the characters than on the action. Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), Dena (Dakota Fanning), and Harmon (Peter Sarsgard) are three environmentalists that decide to blow up a dam in Oregon. We follow these characters throughout the event and after.
Josh is the anchor of the film and Eisenberg holds the screen very well. The film may be slow moving, but thanks to the actors we really get a feel for the characters. We don't learn a lot about them, but we get to understand their passions and fears that the dam brings on.
The film gives a mostly objective look of the events throughout the film. Reichardt forces us to answer the ethics of the situation. Who is right in this situation? Are the characters' action justifiable? We have to answer this.
'Night Moves' is a haunting film for this reason. Although its objectiveness doesn't give us a chance to really connect with the characters, it gives us just enough to be engaged in the story and examine our own thoughts about the issues of our Industrial driven society and the price of the comforts we have.
Funnily enough, both Paul Dano and Rooney Mara were considered for the lead roles, but Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning were obviously cast. Having seen the film, I just can't see either Dano or Mara in the role, but I'm sure I'd have said the same thing the other way round also! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.