The East [Blu-ray]
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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.
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.Read more ›
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A very riveting movie that hits on some very good topics. I highly recommend this movie!Published 16 days ago by Jeffrey S. Lybarger
It is an amazing movie. It shows the power and strength of people in the movie. It is a powerful subject. Our environmental struggle for ecoconciousness. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This movie leaves you thinking. I saw it when it first came out in a theater and it really made an impression. I knew I'd get the DVD because this is an excellent movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Enlightened Reader
A film about choices and the tremendous impact one moment can have on the rest of an entire lifetime.Published 2 months ago by Jaiden Athanassias
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