Night Moves (2014): Original, Provocative Movie from Kelly Reichardt

The fifth feature film from the acclaimed indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, Night Moves, is the story of three radical environmentalists who join forces to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

The dam represents a symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture that they all despise.

A former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas, Damon has left military life behind him, but at heart he remains the same reckless male he always was, eager for adventure, excited by the prospect of destruction.

Dena is a high society dropout, sickened by the consumer economy into which she was born. She’s moved west and cut ties with her family, edging ever deeper into radical politics.

Josh, their leader, is a self-made militant, devoted to the protection of the Earth by any means necessary. A son of the middle class who works on an organic farm, he’s an intensely private person by nature and may have the deepest convictions of them all.

A taut tale of suspense, Night Moves offers a provocative meditation on the consequences of political extremism, raising such significant questions as, when do legitimate convictions truly demand illegal behaviors? What happens to people’s idealism when they find their back against the wall?

Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Written by Jonathan Raymond
In Theaters: May 30, 2014 Limited
On DVD: Sep 2, 2014
Running time: 112 min.