• The East (2013)

The East

Release Date: May 31st, 2013

DVD Release Date: September 17th, 2013

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: Adventure , Thriller , Drama

Production Co: Scott Free Productions

Keywords: Forbidden love, Pursuit, Suspenseful, Office, 2010s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Ella TaylorNPR

    The East makes for a passable thriller, as 1 percenters get theirs in satisfying, if incrementally implausible ways. show more

  • 80
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    Batmanglij balances emotional tension with practical danger nicely, a must in a story whose activist protagonists can make no distinction between the personal and the political. show more

  • 80
    Jordan HoffmanFilm.com

    This is a movie that proposes a genuine, intelligent solution, both for the main character and for us. It comes at you kinda quickly (and economically, in about three wordless shots), but it hit me like a bag of dumpster-dived apples to the gut. show more

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