The East

2013, Adventure/Drama, 1h 56m

148 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Tense, thoughtful, and deftly paced, The East is a political thriller that never loses sight of the human element. Read critic reviews

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Sarah (Brit Marling), an undercover agent at a private intelligence firm, is hired to infiltrate the East, an ecoterrorism cell targeting companies that pollute the environment. Though one (Elliot Page) of the group's hardcore members is suspicious of her, Sarah manages to win over Benji (Alexander Skarsgård), the East's leader. However -- even as Sarah tries to maintain her cover -- she gains more sympathy for the group's cause while, increasingly, becoming drawn to Benji.

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  • Jun 08, 2014
    It's uneven, especially in its lack of real suspense and character motivations. But The East's moral ambiguity and complexity of ideas makes for an engaging thriller that the studio system should be making more often. Writer/actor Brit Marling is quickly developing into a force to be reckoned with, standing alongside a great supporting cast with wit and ferocity.
    Edward B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2014
    From writer Brit Marling comes the political thriller The East. A security agent for a private firm infiltrates a reclusive eco-terrorist group and must navigate the complicated life of a double agent. Unfortunately the paced is extremely slow and the aesthetic is rather dreary. Additionally, the eco-group is poorly developed and never really poses the danger or allure that it's supposed to. While there's some intrigue to the plot, The East is monotonous and ineffective.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2013
    I was pleasantly surprised by this movie and I am starting to admire Brit Marling as writer and actress. While some may love or hate the ending, I was thoroughly engaged in the story-line and I appreciate movies that leave me thinking afterwards.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2013
    Although it may drag out some scenes and have a few off moments, "The East" is a genuinely good thriller with very unique camerawork and a cast that you will not be able to turn away from. Every actor/actress in this film will engage you in the story and not want to stop watching. The first half of the film is far more interesting than the second half, but it's premise does not shy away from what it wants to get across. I think the biggest problem with the film is that it just chooses to end without any real resolution. I felt very letdown by the ending, but the characters stayed true, so that's fine I guess. This film has some scenes that really stood out to me, and that I would tell people to watch the film just to see those, the script is very well-written, and having Ridley Scott as one of your producers is a definite plus. I did not love this movie, but it is very very good!
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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