The East

  • 15
  • Zal Batmanglij (2013)
  • US / UK
  • 111 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Film-makers Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling dazzled the Sundance film festival in 2011 with their low-budget thriller Sound of My Voice, setting high expectations for this, their second film. It turns out to be a more conventional affair, a tightly wound espionage eco-thriller aimed squarely at the multiplex - although it's just as well made. "The East" is a mysterious eco-collective that specialises in causing "jams", spectacular actions against international conglomerates and other enemies of the environment. Sarah (Marling) is a private investigator hired to infiltrate the group, but her loyalties shift dangerously in their direction and she finds herself particularly drawn to Benji (Alexander Skarsgård), for more than his radical politics. The love story feels a bit forced, but otherwise it's an intelligent examination of the dangers of both fanaticism and espionage and, appropriately enough for a film produced by Ridley Scott, it's tightly edited and looks fantastic.

Plot Summary

A former FBI agent working for a private security firm is sent to infiltrate an anarchist movement behind a series of actions against corrupt corporations. She joins them in their acts of sabotage, but finds her loyalties changing as she forms connections with members of the group. Thriller, starring Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sarah Moss
Brit Marling
Benji
Alexander Skarsgård
Izzy
Ellen Page
Doc
Toby Kebbell
Luca
Shiloh Fernandez
Paige Williams
Julia Ormond
Sharon
Patricia Clarkson
Thumbs
Aldis Hodge
Tim
Jason Ritter
Richard Cannon
Jamey Sheridan

Crew

Director
Zal Batmanglij

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Contains violence, sex scenes, brief nudity and some swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 28 Jun 2013
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama