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The East

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 2013
  • Zal Batmanglij
  • 111 mins
  • 15

Summary

Espionage thriller starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page. Former FBI agent Sarah Moss is sent deep under cover by a private intelligence firm to infiltrate an elusive anti-capitalist group known for their eco-terrorism.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Having collaborated on the 2011 psychological drama Sound of My Voice, director Zal Batmanglij and his co-writer/star Brit Marling reteamed for this tale of eco-espionage. "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.

Credits

Cast

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Sarah MossBrit Marling
BenjiAlexander Skarsgård
IzzyElliot Page
DocToby Kebbell
LucaShiloh Fernandez
Paige WilliamsJulia Ormond
SharonPatricia Clarkson
ThumbsAldis Hodge
TimJason Ritter
Richard CannonJamey Sheridan

Crew

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DirectorZal Batmanglij

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2013-06-28
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, sex scenes, brief nudity and swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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