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505 Ratings

The East

Directed by Zal Batmanglij
United States, 2013
Drama, Thriller


Someone is attacking big corporate CEOs and forcing them to consume harmful products they manufacture. An elite private intelligence firm is called into action and contracts ex-FBI agent Sarah Moss to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective, The East, suspected to be responsible.

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The East Directed by Zal Batmanglij
This sleek, smart enviro-thriller is a more commercial movie from Marling and director Zal Batmanglij than 2011 cult study ‘Sound of My Voice’. But its morally ambiguous investigation of extreme left-wing politics is still light years away from usual multiplex concerns.
June 25, 2013
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The mix of radicalism, naïveté, and forest-bound sex flirts with the absurd. But Marling and Batmanglij have an interest in rituals and devotion and the accompanying exploitation of belief. As artists, they’re not dissimilar from an idiosyncratically talented filmmaker like Shane Carruth. But they appear to enjoy the power of storytelling.
June 19, 2013
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The structure suggests slow indoctrination, but Marling’s writing and acting are so opaque that her character’s decisions come off as completely arbitrary. She excels at expressing guarded determination, but seems incapable of expressing doubt, which robs Jane — and the movie — of any sense of dramatic urgency. Lacking depth or motivation, she is more plot device than protagonist.
June 09, 2013
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