- Night Moves review by pw
I should be in the market for this film. I recycle my empty Captain Morgan's bottles and read the Guardian, but oh what a joyless experience watching it is. Reviews said it was a tense eco thriller. Er... hello?
They've planted the bomb.... but wait.... oh no!....someone's coming!... the bombs still ticking!!!!.... oh it's ok they've gone.
An episode of Countryfile has more tension.
We don't even get to see the dam blowing up. You would think they could have stretched to splicing in a bit of old footage from the Dambusters.
And what is going on with Jesse Eisenberg? Did he forget all his lines? Did they not give him a copy of the script? He doesn't say anything!
He's a good actor but he's not one of the greats. He isn't Brando turning up his collar against the wind in On The Waterfront, the cogs turning slowly behind the eyes. He isn't DeNiro in Taxi Driver conveying a world of turmoil with a grimace. He's not even Shatner entertaining us with.... his.... efforts..... to...... re...member....... his... lines..... in early Star Trek.
Jesse needs a bit more to work with than he gets here
This film is 113 minutes long. You won't get this time back. The sun is due to explode in approximately four billion years. Do something more constructive NOW to save the world people!
Go and make some of those recycled newspaper brickettes for your wood burning stove with that contraption you got from Guardian readers offers. Or stick a house brick in the toilet cistern in your en suite bathroom.
Oh but hang on! You read the newspaper online these days and you live in Sheffield and it's just started raining again.
Never mind, "pass t'hummus our lass.... there's a new episode of Wheeler Dealers starting on Quest.
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Realism at its best
- Night Moves review by DP
I find most thrillers to be very contrived; this one is paced at real-life speeds, and feels very natural as a result. Funny irony: in the first 5 minutes, I thought to myself 'this reminds me of Wendy & Lucy' (not knowing anything about the director) and later on I discovered it was from the director of Wendy & Lucy! Speaking of Wendy & Lucy, Dakota Fanning would have been ideal for the lead role, had she been old enough when it was made - she has a very authentic style that perfectly suits both movies (I always thought Michelle Williams was a little too snobby for the role of Wendy).
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