The East is a new movie starring Alexander Skarsgård, Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Jason Ritter. An espionage film directed Zal Batmanglij that revolves around an FBI agent (Sarah Moss) who goes in a deep undercover mission which entails her to gain the trust of an elusive anarchist, The East. Her morals and mission will be put to test when she finally learns the ways of The East. Check out the movie review below:
“The East: A Dandy Thriller For The Audience
The Department of Homeland Security lists the Animal Liberation Front as a domestic terror organization. This group would go further than the more moderate animal rights organizations like PETA and the Humane Society by breaking into laboratories and freeing monkeys and other animals are kept for experimentation. The ALF is an example of a well-meaning group driven to extreme measures under the belief that anything more moderate will not work. In the film “The East,” Zal Batmangli, known before for “Sound of My Voice” (a journalist and his girlfriend get pulled into a cult whose leader claims to be from the future), does not wander far from this concept, this time portraying a company hired to infiltrate a radical group of environmentalists. While the Animal Liberation Front limits itself to rescuing imprisoned animals, these environmentalists known as The East have a broader canvas, seeking an eye for an eye against corporations that poison our water, supply drugs with disastrous side effects, making money by actions that result in brain damage and death.
But “The East,” however political in scope, is interested more in providing the audience with the experience of a thriller, filled with tension and some ingenious twists, generally offering us an intelligent work that respects its viewers. Aside from a crackerjack script, allowing us to believe everything we see however the reliance on coincidences to work, “The East” is graced with some terrific performances particularly from Brit Marling, its star, co-writer, and producer. Marling was recently seen in Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage,” about a hedge magnate who has committed fraud, making her current venture right up her alley.
Marling performs in the role of Sarah, hired by a company led by Sharon (Patricia Clarkson) to infiltrate a group considered by that company to be engaged in anarchism, more specifically in eco-terrorism. She joins members getting a free ride in a train and is accepted as a soul mate, though Izzy (Ellen Page), its most fanatical member, is suspicious, her concerns overridden by the Benji (Alexander Skarsgard), the good looking leader.
In the movie’s most endearing scene, she is required to don a straitjacket like the others in a test of her eating style. Will she be communal and use the large wooden spoon picked up by mouth to feed the person to her left, or will she feed herself, lapping the gruel like a dog? She joins in a couple of the groups “jams,” in one instance giving the corporate suits a taste of their own toxic drug while in another venture she shows the bigwigs what it’s like to take a quick swim in waters that their corporation has polluted.”
The rest of the review can be read at Compuserve.
Don’t miss The East in cinemas near you this May 31st 2013.
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