The East

2013

Drama / Thriller

301
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.9

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Brit Marling as Sarah
Ellen Page as Izzy
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1hr 56 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by steven-leibson 5 / 10

Corporate America versus the Anarchists: Is anyone right?

Just saw this movie courtesy of the San Jose Camera Cinema Club. This is a well-acted, thought-provoking movie that asks many questions about the balance between the excesses of corporate America and the excesses of violent anarchist groups fighting against them. (Think Weather Underground and the SLA.) The protagonist is a young woman working for a top private security company in the Washington DC beltway on behalf of those corporations. She's assigned to infiltrate an anarchist group called "The East" to prevent damage to her company's corporate clients. The ensuing exposition of the anarchist group's actions ("jams") makes for a very suspenseful and credible movie with many plot twists and turns including the ending of the movie, which is diffused with the credits. Nothing is as it seems, just like a good spy movie ought to be. So go see the movie and don't leave until the credits finish rolling.

Reviewed by swp_1988 8 / 10

"The East" is simply just a solid, taut and investing thriller that values telling the story of its characters, while keeping the political stance to the side.

I generally get tired of films pushing politics throughout their story with all this left-wing, right-wing crap, that because of the focus of the group of people who make that type of film, so becomes an entanglement of an unnecessary debate with audiences and critics, that the film itself becomes lost. The East tells its message straight and clear and understands that most will agree with a majority of its ideas, but never loses sight of the story and the characters its wants to portray.

The East follows an operative for a PI firm who is handpicked to infiltrate an extreme anarchist group who focus their sights on major corporations for the crimes they have committed on humanity. I agree that that basic synopsis probably will make a few shy away from seeing it, but I don't believe anyone will come out of the film in a heated debate with the next person on its political issues, however timely. It has a great perspective instead on what we as individuals value most. It never allows itself to succumb to any political wash-over, but instead takes a side for the characters and where they stand as people that manages to invest us in the emotional elements rather than just straight ideals.

Brit Marling plays the operative at hand and also co-wrote the screenplay with up-and-comer, Zal Batmanglij. They both worked together and the equally excellent Sound of My Voice last year and its apparent that they have continued to build their ground in their respective fields, each finding a voice to be heard away from the mainstream flow.

The East is simply just a solid, taut and investing thriller that values telling the story of its characters, while keeping the political stance to the side and also having fun tangling the audience up its in web.

Reviewed by westernphilosophyrehab 9 / 10

Filmmakers incorporated actual incidents of corporate corruption.

I thought this was a good film.

Excellently acted, well written and directed.

I read the reviews on here before attending a screening last night, and was expecting something less sophisticated, particularly based on the reviewer who said: "A well made but overly simplistic condemnation of corporate America. The eco-terrorist anarchists are presented as righteous while imperfect, yet only corrupt examples of corporate America are there to represent the seemingly, inevitably flawed state of capitalism. If some individuals are evil, does that make all individuals bad?"

In the Q&A that followed the film, the filmmakers said that although the anarchist group was entirely fictionalized, every instance of corporate corruption is based, in exact and excruciating detail, on actual incidents of gruesome real-life corporate corruption.

The anarchist group is presented as righteous because they represent the majority of us who want justice, who feel powerless to stand up to the corporatocracy that seems to have taken the wheel, in the United States and globally.

This movie isn't balanced because the world isn't balanced right now. Sure there might be a few CEO's of certain corporations who are not myopic, but that certainly seems to be the exception. I think this movie puts into a narrative what we're seeing all around us, that when unregulated capitalism prevails, the bottom line trumps human life and common sense, and these titans of industry have gotten swept up with the disease.

Well-told stories like these are part of a picture of how progress happens.

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