Night Moves (2013) - Drama, Thriller

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Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam.

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 47 out of 77 found boring (61.03%)

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Reichardt specializes in a sort of pondering, slow paced narrative that has seen her reach some great heights (Wendy and Lucy) and some real lowlights (Meeks Cutoff) that now with Night Moves has seen her move into an interesting new direction without losing the style that has gained her a steady stream of critical praise over her years in the industry.

Here's a great description in Wikipedia of the final ~10 minutes of the movie (and remember 'slow burn' movies which just about every other review mentions is a flaw really need to make use of those final scenes to make the film...

Only difference between those two films is that at least The Greasy Strangler tries to waste your time with wtf comedic devices and uncomfortable visuals whereas Night moves just wastes your time.

The scenery is drab brown and rather lifeless.

" Three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam-the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise.

It's gray and dreary throughout.

From the very beginning the film is so uninteresting.

Slow and un-compelling.

This is a slow, methodical movie.

Also, about the kind of numbness in Josh expressions during almost all the scenes, I simply cannot see them as emotionless or empty.

The emotion from the performances does not match the situation at hand making it a dry, uneven and drawn out film.

If you want to waste your time, fight falling asleep and watch people feel remorse for something...

Boring with no point .

As the rich girl provides the $10k to buy the doomed boat, Dena seems light as a revolutionary, acting out a thrilling role.

It makes it boring, as hell.

A tense, gripping thriller .

This was actually a suspenseful thriller about paranoia taking hold after the commission of a major crime.

The framing and camera work tries to find a happy medium between a subjective portrayal from the main character's perspective and giving a global perspective of the events, which is confusing and after a while gets very boring to watch.

A slow burning thriller that makes you answer the questions.

95% boring .

Featured at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, Night Moves is a film directed by the queen of slow burn narrative Kelly Reichardt.

But no, that wouldn't be pretentious enough I guess...

One of the most boring movies ever .

SLOW, SLOW movie.

A slow moving boring scolding PSA extolling how we should collectively kill our selves to save Mother Earth.

The cinematography was satisfactory, and dialog OK but uneventful, and certainly not provocative.

Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves" is a slow burning thriller that focuses more on the characters than on the action.

I do enjoy me some slow-paced films of this kind though, and this one had a really atmospheric, intriguing tone and mystery aura to it that really made it work.

That is such a cliché that I was hoping that wouldn't happen before they even got in the truck.

Sure some of the steady long shots looked cool, but after a while it too becomes tedious as the characters in this film.

When the papers the next day report something unexpected the three protesters become scared and trust is challenged.

It's a Muddle in a Murky Puddle of a Picture that Loves the Scenes of Natural Dirt Farming and Collective Farmer's Market Sharing and the Commune like Atmosphere is Shown in Striking Detail, but with the Thriller Part, the Slow Burn Smolders and Never Ignites.

Unfortunately, Harmon, the most intriguing character of the film, does not come back in the film.

I started this movie with eager anticipation, and ended with a strong desire to push pins in my eyes to alleviate the boredom.

Here is a film that redefines the thriller genre into a slow-moving study of eco-terrorists committed to the longevity of nature's balance while they suffer the imbalance of committing a crime with real consequences.

Night Moves is indeed a beautiful film that has stunning shots of what majestic Oregon lakes and forests have to offer.

Much what occurs in the film is quite slow and at times boring to watch.

Not horribly slow, but just a little on the plodding side.

Anyway, I struggled to stay interested in this film and I got bored of the mood and tempo that the director set throughout the film.

After all, Hollywood Report compared it to the the suspenseful Hitchcock films of the 50's.

A plodding film with many a lingering shot, padded scenes and still a lot that is left unsaid.

I myself found the movie enjoyable, but I will admit there a lot of slow parts that I almost fell asleep on.

The first half of the movie is excruciatingly slow and not very involving.

It's so slow, easily could have been a 1.5 hour long movie if it wasn't for the at least 30 min of nothing during the movie.

If only all American movies could be so daring, so unpredictable in the scheme.

Then nothing, I mean nothing happens.

I expected some tension, drama, excitement, maybe a manhunt for the eco terrorists and got nothing but mundane lines, an amateur script, and plodding story line.

Slow it is .

A complete waste of time.

This has potential to be very interesting, but it ends up taking far too long.

Slowest movie ever made.

Slow paced and drags on .

This has got to be one of the most boring, slowest moving movies I have ever had the pain to watch.

Though the movie certainly has a slow pace I would disagree with those who say it is boring though I got to say that I would understand those people too because I feel there's a lack of character development.

It moved VERY slow.

Still the suspense kept me engaged, too bad it was generally a waste of time.

With NIGHT MOVES, everything that seemed so intricate and complex, comes across as banal and contrived.

Those who enjoy slower paced character driven dramas about earth, landfills and the environment.

If he disappoints me this time, like that seriously beautiful yet boring movie "The Double" he may find himself on MY hate/dislike list.

No I suggest you wath 'The East' instead, it might not be as realistic, but it's way more entertaining.

The first one I watched, The East, was a strange and boring movie, who lacks a common thread and contains a dull plot-twist.

Came up empty every time.

And the movie IS very slow - this is definitely not a movie to see when you are in the mood for mindless entertainment.

This is a slow burner of a thriller of pretty much the highest order, reminiscent of the '70s, when 'fast-paced' often took a backseat to 'tension building'.

Reichardt loves to use steady shots and let the action unfold in front of us, but they were as tedious as the the slow pacing of the film.

Too slow!

For a 2 hour movie, it really seemed to drag and the pace and moody concept became boring after a while.

that wait sequence sure is quite intense.

Even more boring than The East .

Reichardt's slow burn pacing and nearly non-existent background work actually works incredibly well in setting up Moves central plot devise, that of an act of eco-terrorism in the blowing up of an energy dam.

After viewing the trailer, I thought the film seemed largely uneventful.

Night Moves is a rather slow paced and unsettling drama.

That movie was very tense and I really enjoyed it, kinda like an Erin Brokovich on steroids.

But with the inclusion of Jesse Eisenberg, who has mastered playing pretentious characters, there is the question of whether the film is another shallow depiction of eco-activism?

However, the camera work, while occasionally being beautiful, is mostly slow and plodding, making the film truly boring at times.

Empty .

Boring and hollow .

With a cast of solid leads and with a lovely visual feel, Night Moves has a groove all to its own and while never reaching grand heights, it's certainly a sight bit better than many of its more explosive yet idiotic thriller counterparts and a breath of fresh air for those that like their movies tinged with a slower pacing.

This has a slow start which made it hard to get into.

And while the movie is slow, its peeling of one layer off of another made me eager to find out what would happen next.

What a waste of time.

Probably the worst movie I ever paid for, Twilight was better (believe it).

It will not break audiences because it's weird or too complicated but because it's too simple and many will probably find it uninteresting and boring.

Sometimes certain films are difficult to make a good trailer out of, but in the case of this film, it is because this film actually is boring.

This review is hard for me to do because it requires 10 lines and this movie was so slow and plot less that it is hard to think of 10 lines to say about it.

Boring .

It's just so very slow.

waste of time .

Plodding and Snail-Paced .

A waste of time .

It was HORRIBLY SLOW, DEPRESSING and misleading.

One word to describe Night Moves : empty.

Night Moves is a slow burner.

Seriously boring predictable tripe.

And where as 'The East' was a thrilling ride this one takes more a realistic approach, almost too realistic, cause this movie is really slow, plenty of scenes where people barely say anything.

These three are supposed to be passionate enough activists to even come up with this plan but they all walk around sleepy/dead-eyed and talk in monotone voices.

Which is good because this movie is painfully slow.

There are so many empty spaces.

If you choose to waste your money on this movie, don't say you were not warned

Once the movie gets to the actual action though (of the story) it gets extremely suspenseful and gripping.

The pacing is so languid.

This film is painfully slow.

I thought everyone gave compelling performances in the movie.

Movie dragged after a while!

The film comes down to the raw basic of film making as it tells a very suspenseful story of three environmentalist about to become Eco terrorist.

Why They Feel that They must mo to such an Extreme to Make a Point that is obviously Pointless is just one of the Mysteries the Movie doesn't have the will or the whatever to Make Clear or is the Concerned.

Flawed and slow but still incredibly intense and well acted feature .

I literally fell asleep.

It's simple, nothing happens whatsoever in this contemplative movie one could compare to a flat encephalogram, where the silences are as heavy as the lack of rhythm.

I felt that this movie was slow and that I just didn't feel anything for the situation they were going through.

Not to make that mistake, Kelly Reichardt makes her film a breathtaking suspense thriller.

I admit it is kind of suspenseful but ultimately it feels like a waste of my time!

OK, it is a slow paced movie, which I don't see as something necessarily bad.

On the negative side, the movie was a bit on the slow side.

The movie is very gripping and tense.

This is very slow and has very little dialog.

Night Moves is a boring and long-winded movie.

Stupid me made it even slower by rewinding points in the film to try to figure out what possible relevance/progression minutes of the film had contributed.

To appreciate this film, you have to be prepared for the work of Kelly Reichart, whose films tend to be slow-moving and thought-provoking.

Adventureland was also really entertaining.

Tense and engaging.

It's a very intense film with doubt and I got to applaud the director for creating such a mood where you feel trapped, claustrophobic, very gloomy and heavy.

slow and methodical .

Nonchalant slow burn thriller .

Also the movie is extremely slow.

Sat down to watch this semi-dud, "Night Moves" is a plodder and tries to work as a psychological suspense movie.

Some of the earlier scenes were decent leading up to the eco-terrorism, but passed that the last third of the movie dragged awfully.

Soooo slow.

But on the other hand, the movie crawling at such a slow pace can be a tad irritating.

Zzzzzzzzz .

I enjoyed it, but it was really, really slow.

This is a most boring film.

Awful no story.

Of course they end up killing someone and rather than getting tracked down we watch them go through what they want you to think is guilt (but really just trying to evade getting caught) and the ending is just really dumb and pointless.

The plot was fresh but the slow pace was sometimes agonizing.

And even then the movie actually begins, it is very boring and slow.

Night moves = slow movie .

Too slow with mediocre ending .