The East

The East

Zal Batmanglij (2013)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, sex scenes, brief nudity and swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Jun 2013