Benjamin Maio Mackay
Night Moves - 3.5 Stars
This Hitchcock style thriller has a slow opening, but as the pace picks up so does the tension!
Josh, Dena, and Harmon plan on blowing up a dam, due to their radical environmental beliefs.
They head towards the lake where the dam is and the three pretend that they are a group of friends camping in the woods and keep away from fellow campers in order to not attract attention. In the middle of the night they board the boat carrying the bomb and head towards the dam. They are successful in activating the bomb and as they drive away they hear the explosion go off in the distance. They return to their lives and begin to realise the consequences of their actions…
This film, directed by Kelly Reichardt and written by Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond cleverly combines an important environmental issue with a thrilling plot. The writers have clearly used Alfred Hitchcock’s style of writing a story where the audience simply have no clue what’s coming next. The clever use of Jeff Grace’s music also reminds me of early Hitchcock films. The opening of the film seemed a bit slow, but it doesn’t spoil the whole movie.
The films leads Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning and both give excellent performances. Eisenberg plays a very strange, non-talkative character, but his facial expressions certainly make up for it.
Overall a clever film that has a slow opening, but an excellent cast. I strongly recommenced this one to fans of suspense thrillers or movies that have a strong message!
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Movie screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas