The East 2013 PG-13 CC

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(184) IMDb 6.9/10
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A young woman (Brit Marling) infiltrates a dangerous activist group that targets negligent corporations in this sexy thriller that also stars Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen Page.

Starring:
Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

The East

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Zal Batmanglij
Starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård
Supporting actors Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Aldis Hodge, Danielle Macdonald, Hillary Baack, Patricia Clarkson, Jason Ritter, Julia Ormond, Billy Magnussen, Wilbur Fitzgerald, John Neisler, Jamey Sheridan, Pamela Roylance, Ryan Grego, Ava Bogle, Nick Fuhrmann, Patricia French
Studio Fox Searchlight
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Well acted great cast.
Stephen Macdonald
What she finds is a well polished and close knit group of like minded people, most of which have a very personal interest in the anarchist movement that is The East.
McTerry
Plot not interesting and not clearly presented.
Thomas J Rau

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By M. Oleson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 17, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I first caught actress and screenwriter Brit Marling in a movie called "Another Earth" from a couple years ago. Shortly thereafter she shows up in "Sound of My Voice." In both cases she plays quiet, thoughtful young women with complicated personalities. "The East" is her best role and her best film. She plays an FBI-trained agent who is working for a private security firm headed by Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), a no BS CEO.

Sarah/Jane is given the task of infiltrating an eco-terrorist group known as The East. This is a big step up in Sarah's career and she relishes the assignment. She's very good at her job and manages to get inside the secret group, which is headed by Benji (Alexander Skarsgard) an heir to a fortune, but ultimately disillusioned by corporate greed. Ellen Page plays Izzy and like Benji, she seeks payback for corporate atrocities is necessary even if lives are at stake.

While this sounds pretty cut and dry, Sarah using the alias Jane, begins to see the other side and why The East feel they must do what they do. Evidence exists to see polluted lakes and water sources. Drug companies produce unsafe compounds with little repercussions. So now in most films, we would expect Sarah/Jane to flip sides, but Marling and her co-writer and director Zal Batmanglij don't make it so simple.

Even after Sarah and Benji play advanced kissy-face, things aren't so easy for Sarah. Without giving away too much, Sarah must ultimately come up with her own plan. This movie had me switching sides multiple times and Marling's performance is the reason. This is a very good film and like Marling's earlier film efforts, likely won't get much attention. Do yourself a favor and find it.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jay on September 9, 2013
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I'm not a movie critic, so I don't know the technical operations of filming and I can guess that most people watching movies don't either. Therefore, this is simply based on my experience of seeing The East. I love a movie that can open a hole into my mind and inflict the question of how I am living my life- leaving me with a sting of the truth and the mixed feelings of someone who is on the brink of acting to correct those choices and someone who is unsure about leaving behind the comfort of what is familiar. Though the consistent opinions of this film not having a lot of action is true; it in no way lacks the reality that life does not happen in a constant motion, but draws in inconsistent flourishes- enhancing, for me, the ability to grow with the plot, as well as allowing me time to think about the overall picture. I got attached to the characters, felt their emotions, and could sympathize with their motives. Sure, it sucks when you have to buy a movie you aren't sure about, but I took a leap of faith and ended in an unexpected place- which is exactly where I wanted to be. The East brought me a subject I cared about, led me to follow my gut, asked me where I would turn right from wrong, and called me to really look at what's happening around me, us. I hope you too are searching for a movie with purpose- because this is it. So just Watch and...
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2013
Format: DVD
"The East" (2013 release; 116 min.) brings the story of Sarah Moss (played by Brit Marling). As the movie opens, a TV report comes on regarding the latest "eco-terrorist" attack by an outfit called The East, and we then see Sarah in discussions with the CEO (played by Patricia Clarkson) of Hiller Brood, a high-end security/intelligence firm. Sarah is tasked to go undercover and infiltrate The East, to gather up as much information as possible, and eventually bring this eco-terrorist cell down. Sarah manages very quickly to infiltrate the group and becomes part of it, eventually becoming close to the leader of them, Benji (played by Alexander Skarsgård). At this point we're not even half-way into the movie, but to reveal more this plot-heavy film would surely ruin your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: this movie is brought by the same "team" that brought you last year's "Sound Of My Voice", with Zal Batmanglij as director and co-writer and Brit Marling as co-writer and co-producer (and of course co-starring). In fact there are a number of scenes in "The East" that reminded me immediately of "Sound of My Voice", when the cell does some "group bonding" but in reality it feels more cult-like. This is supposed to be a political thriller, but to me some of the 'bad stuff' that Big Pharma is accused of seems over-simplistic (chemical dumping every day at exactly 3 o'clock!). The movie is far more effective as a psychological thriller: will Sarah fall for Benji? Even the Hiller Brood CEO recognizes the danger ("we understand it's quite natural to bond, but don't ever get soft"). And who is playing/setting up who exactly? That tension plays strongly in the last 45 min.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mali Nic on September 25, 2013
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I really liked this movie for various reasons. It didn't put graphic sex and gore in your face. It was thought provoking, allowing us to see all sides of human emotion and choices. It was very difficult to get angry at the actions of the extremists, albeit their methods of protesting, and you applaud the heroine's actions in the end.
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