Dam-busters Dakota Fanning and Jessie Eisenberg make you give a damn.
NIGHT MOVES (Kelly Reichardt). 113 minutes. Opens Friday (August 8). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN
Is a good cause worth fighting for if it requires you to do terrible things? And past a certain point, can you be sure you're doing any good at all?
Those are the unsolvable questions at the heart of Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves, a low-key, high-stakes thriller about three activists (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard) who come together to blow up a dam in the Pacific Northwest, and what happens in the aftermath of that operation.
After the finely tuned panic of Wendy And Lucy, there's no question that Reichardt can handle tension, but in Night Moves she layers that tension with social insight, dense character detail and an artful way of downplaying the requisite genre elements while still honouring their intentions within the action.
It's like micro-Michael Mann, and her ensemble (which also includes Alia Shawkat in a small but key role) is uniformly terrific.