T he title of Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves has a ghostly echo of Arthur Penn's noir of the same name, which featured Gene Hackman as the private detective hunting a missing woman, and getting into a watery nightmare. His character is another way in which this feels interestingly like a revival of American indie cinema of the 70s. As Josh puts it, the dam is there "killing all the salmon, so you can run your iPod every second of your life". The craft's name is Night Moves.
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The film follows three radical environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam. Radical environmentalists Josh and Dena buy a boat and tow it long-distance to meet Harmon, an ex-Marine. The three buy fertilizer, assemble a bomb and load it onto the boat, planning to bomb a dam they believe is harming the environment. At night, they take the boat to the dam, arm the bomb, and escape. After the explosion, Harmon says goodbye and drives away. Josh and Dena are stopped by the police, but evade suspicion. The three agree not to contact each other again.
These are people who have had enough and feel that protests are no longer getting the attention their issues demand. That's all you need to know. And that they're going to take action. As played by Eisenberg with more subdued detachment than usual and perhaps more than the part called for, especially in the final act , Josh is a deliberate, patient terrorist. Eisenberg and Reichardt sketch him too organically to call him calculated but Josh is definitely the most deliberate of the three terrorists.