The East (SIFF 2013)

Very well done drama centering around an eco-terrorist/social activist collective called The East and the struggles of an undercover operative infiltrating the group. Tense, with high drama and escalating stakes as The East makes corporate retaliation very personal. Wonderful casting of Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Brit Marling in the lead roles. The East kept me on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed every minute!

Provided Film Synopsis
Too often when a large corporation hurts an underprivileged community with a poorly tested drug or a toxic spill, the punishment is a slap on the wrist and a token fine. The anarchist collective The East hates that—so they've decided that the CEOs and decision-makers should be punished in an eye-for-an-eye sort of way. Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice, Another Earth) co-wrote and stars as Sarah, a corporate spy hired to infiltrate The East and stop their reign of terror, not to mention make a lot of money for her company, which sells a sort of "terrorism insurance" to shady, large corporations. Sarah proves to be an excellent agent, hitchhiking with anarchist activists until she finds her way into the eco-terrorist organization. There she meets the leader, Benji (Alexander Skarsgård), and his second-in-command, Izzy (Ellen Page), who are initially skeptical of her. As with any under-cover agent, the deeper she gets into it the more her loyalties become divided. Director Zal Batmanglij co-wrote The East with Marling as a follow up to their indie hit Sound of My Voice, and this film takes themes from the last and explodes them onto an even larger level. The East is an exciting thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Zal Batmanglij
  • Cast Members:

    • Alexander Skarsgård
    • Brit Marling
    • Ellen Page
    • Julia Ormond
    • Patricia Clarkson
    • Shiloh Fernandez
    • Toby Kebbell
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Action/Adventure
    • Drama
    • Thriller