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Film Review: Night Moves

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★★★★★

Director Kelly Reichardt, the promising filmmaker responsible for Meek's Cuttoff, has crafter a superb thriller from an interesting premise. She has taken three Hollywood actors - Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard - and thrown them into a deliberately slow-paced, intricately detailed drama that builds into one of the most effective thrillers in recent years.

The three actors play a group of eco-terrorists. They plan to blow up a hydroelectric dam to make their point; an act which starts off as a protest from deeply held concerns that developes into an intoxicating nightmare of guilt and threat. I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say their actions have devastating consequences.

Eisenberg's turn does have a Zuckerberg-side, it must be said (socially awkward, a bit of a loner) but the eccentric, jittery aspect that has been present in a number of his performances in the past is not present here. It's dialed down, matured and restrained. This is a moment where less certainly is more and he wisely goes down this route. 

The film has a number of standout scenes, but the most chilling is a disturbing sequence that takes place in a deserted spa. Fanning has proven herself to be a credible adult actor before but it is this role - and particularly this scene - that marks her out as an exciting talent that seems to be going in a fascinating direction.

Night Moves (2013) is released in UK cinemas by Soda Pictures. The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD this winter. 




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