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Rated PG-13 · 116 minutes · 2013

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It loses its footing a couple of times but The East still manages to be though-provoking and smart, linchpins of the films crafted by director Zal Batmanglij and his co-writer and star, Brit Marling. Corporate spy Sarah (Marling) infiltrates an anarchist collective whose actions are dubbed “eco-terrorism” by the press. The group’s mission is to uncover ways major corporations destroy the environment and make them pay in public. Not exactly an eye for an eye, but that’s the general premise. As Sarah stays undercover, her perspective starts to change: Who’s doing the right thing and who’s doing it for the right reasons? Going for a highly predictable Mansonesque cult leader (Alexander Skarsgard) is a sour note, but that’s still OK until we reach a really flimsy ending that fumbles away all the consequences for anyone and everyone.
Official Site: www.theeastmovie.com
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Producer: Ridley Scott, Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Simpson, Brit Marling and Tony Scott
Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Ormond, Patricia Clarkson, Billy Slaughter, Billy Magnussen, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Pamela Roylance, Ava Bogle and Danielle Macdonald

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NUVO Movie review: The East About an affinity group dedicated to avenging corporate crimes, The East effectively details the personal side of characters who might be otherwise dismissed as goofballs. by Ed Johnson-Ott 06/18/2013
Colorado Springs Independent Broken promise: The East Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij have done it again. And I don't mean in a good way. by MaryAnn Johanson 06/26/2013
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Indy Week A sympathetic depiction of eco-anarchists in The East In this indie thriller, we see a world that rarely makes the screen: the American leftist fringe of freegans, vegans, skaters, freight-hoppers and elusive activists whose tactics veer into law-breaking. by David Fellerath 06/19/2013
Creative Loafing Tampa East-bound and down The East crumbles thanks to contrived plot points and character arcs. by Daniel Feingold 06/20/2013
Charleston City Paper The East goes for broke, but falls short The East is a suspenseful techno-thriller that takes a resourceful woman and forces her to toe the line between a dangerous anarchist collective and her far more dangerous big-business employers. She infiltrates anti-corporate cells, revealing their plans to their prospective victims, using her government training for entirely capitalist means. by Jake Mulligan 06/26/2013
Memphis Flyer Bands of Outsiders Female filmmakers profile outlaw crews in The Bling Ring and The East. 06/20/2013

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