Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Night Moves - Review

In a truck. Being futile.
Just watched this flick last night, it's an interesting one. It's about a trio of enviro-terrorists getting together to blow up a small dam. It is more of an art film, which means it's slow and brooding. Films like this tend to hinge on good acting and this one is no different, luckily the three leads, pictured above, are definitely up to the task.

Unlike many of the stories I talk about I cannot recommend this one broadly. You sort of have to know what you are getting into. If you are looking for some action and a big finish ending, any sort of summer blockbuster type movie, this one is not for you. If you are an overfeeler about the environment and other causes you might like it, but you might also not like how the activists are portrayed. Try not to internalize. For fans of fine acting, for fans of slow burning drama/thrillers, this one is definitely for you.

You can look at the other films I've reviewed here and get a pretty good idea whether or not I enjoyed myself with this film.

One note on the ending, it tends to make no sense so I'll address it here:


In the end the main character is seen looking through a mirror, over his shoulder, watching some customers do their shopping. They are on their cell phones. This hearkens back to an earlier conversation where people don't care and are happy just having their phones on 24/7. So this mirror shot works as a double metaphor or reference. One, the main character will always be looking over his shoulder and two, that even though he's killed people in order to try to wake people up to the problem people are still just going about their day talking on their phones like nothing happened. The film ends there. A real downer. No matter what you do, what you sacrifice, you'll change nothing at all.

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