The East Reviews
I took a wrong turn on Netflix and watched this winner of a film. The characters are as vapid as the direction. By the end of the movie I was cheering for the greedy corporations.
'The East' an anarchist group claims responsibility for recent attacks on major corporations for various reasons as releasing untested drugs or contaminating lakes with chemicals. An elite private intelligence agency sends in a covert operative Sarah (Brit Marling) to infiltrate the group and find out their next move. Sarah succumbs into connecting to the group's ideologies helped by their charismatic leader Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and an emotional Izzy (Ellen Page).
Brit Marling seems to be stuck with a layer of acting and writing which was very innovative and different when it started but beginning to feel suffocated with its repetition. The premise is not as innovative as their predecessors maybe I was over expecting and the entire execution felt disconnected. While acting is good in parts, but overall feel is pretentious. The background score has become redundant. The most compelling part of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij was how they end, this was a complete let down.
By trying to beat the formula too often the writers got stuck with a new formula