Kelly Reichardt directs Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard in this low key thriller where a cell of eco terrorists blow up a dam.
The first half is a procedural where we see three young green activists rendezvous, supply themselves and execute a criminal act. It is dry and the characters prove thinly sketched despite the talent enlisted. Unsensational to a fault but adequately gripping. After they disband we witness just one member’s life fall apart and paranoia begin to consume him. It is a muddy trudge, only faintly exploring the exposed emotions and ethics with any insight or exceptionality. The end result is quite dull and difficult to care about. Succeeds neither as a drama or thriller but has some quiet merits moment-to-moment.
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