Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Night Moves

Night Moves is an atmospheric, psychological thriller about eco-activism. As the three activists execute their well planned illegal act one weekend the tension is high, and kept high for us by the lack of dialogue. The protagonist have planned it all before and there is no need for talking among three people who don't want get to know each other any more than they have to. The intention afterwards is to "Go to work on Monday morning as if nothing has happened". There would be no film if that is what happened.

This thriller makes a welcome change from the standard modern thriller that pits the good guys against the bad guys. It harks back to an earlier era when consequences don't always arrive from outside agents. Jesse Eisenberg stars and his wary and hunted look makes him the ideal actor to play a worried person who has to keep a secret and doesn't entirely trust other people. It is almost as if the film was written with him in mind.

The autumn colours, long empty country roads and slow pacing of the film set the tone nicely and contribute to both the tension of the first half and the consequences in the second half.

There is one miss-step in the plot which might make you question the realism but otherwise this film is a far more believable eco-thriller than The East from last year.

Ian's rating 3.5/5 Anne's rating 3/5

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