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PG-13| 1 hr. 56 min.

Plot Summary
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 (Ellen 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.

Cast: Brit Marling , Alexander Skarsgård , Ellen Page , Toby Kebbell , Shiloh Fernandez , Julia Ormond , Patricia Clarkson , Billy Slaughter

Director: Zal Batmanglij

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

The East (2013)

Release Date: May 31st, 2013|1 hr. 56 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • You leave The East with a hunger to know more and a good idea of where to look. For Marling and Batmanglij that counts as mission accomplished. For audiences, it’s that rare thing these days – a movie that matters. show more

  • Provocative, issue-oriented thrillers are in sadly short supply these days. But The East fills the bill with its examination of the intense commitment and anarchic impulses of eco-terrorist organizations. It's a fascinating subject on which to anchor a spy thriller. show more

  • As the cracklingly cool The East shows, they’re the real deal. It’s not easy to make a thriller where brains and guts are so clearly in cahoots. show more

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  • September 22, 2013 rh00000000139214
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    I would join these people if I could. People who make their riches off of exploiting the poor, poisoning the planet and it\'s inhabitants should have extremist like these to fear.

  • July 20, 2013 amysuesimpson
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    Excellent movie! I ******* was out in the main theaters. Best movie I have seen in a while.

  • June 22, 2013 jpewther
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    There was a slow pulsating whooshing sound in the background throughout the movies. I suspect it was in the sound system (19th & Brdwy in NYC). Very annoying. Two stars off for that.

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'The East' Premiere: Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard Celebrate in L.A. (PHOTOS)

Posted by
Dana Taddeo on May 29th, 2013 10:15AM

Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard stepped out last night in L.A. to premiere their new movie "The East." The stars posed with co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Brit Marling, as well as up-and-coming...

Ellen Page on 'The East,' Modern Tragedies, and What She Loves Most About Her Job

Posted by
Jenni Miller on May 28th, 2013 9:22AM

Ellen Page has never been one to play it safe, whether that means taking on the role of a murderous teen ("Hard Candy"), a super mutant ("X-Men: The Last Stand"), or a dream architect ("Inception")....

'The East' Exclusive Clip: Brit Marling Is an Ex FBI Agent With a New Mission (VIDEO)

Posted by
Dana Taddeo on May 15th, 2013 10:30AM

Brit Marling has been given a very important assignment in this exclusive clip from the new thriller "The East."Marling plays Sarah Moss, a former FBI agent now working at Hiller Brood, an elite...

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