Absolutely painful, with no other way to describe it. Overacting aplenty, complete with torturous dialogue and a mind-bogglingly unbelievable story. Not to mention the miscasting. Wait, did I mention how bad the acting was? Who green-lighted this? Never again will I give Zal Batmanglij my time. This was downright cringe-worthy.
It's a shame that movies like this don't get a lot of attention when it really just means well for everybody. What I really love about it though is how this story is filled with empowered women. For something that wants to be taken seriously, it has done a good job. Had a fairly good script, and good actors. It's not as predictable as I thought it would be, so that was nice. And Brit Marling is a breath of fresh air.
A stellar cast, powerhouse production team (the Scott brothers) & Batmanglij at the helm make for a thought provoking environmental thriller. Marling knows how to pick her roles perfectly if not safely & continues to play emotionally damaged goods. Sadly this films just cements that Ellen Page is an awful actor, whinnying across the screen in feigned angst with her sullen, teen boy broken voice. Not bad at all. C+
honestly I originally watched this for Patricia Clarkson (who was glam as hell and perfect for the role) but this film definitely delivered in other aspects. the plot was very interesting and original, and the acting was pretty good. shame about the ending though.
Despite gradually losing strength as it moves forward, “The East” still delivers some controversy and intrigue, gained mostly through the moral and ethical issues that raises. Review and Rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-east-2013.html
The partnership of director Zal Batmanglij and actress/writer Brit Marling continues to bear fruit with this fine follow-up to 'Sound of my Voice'. Though sometimes affected by the cliché of the genre the two are able to come up with a fresh story involving an anarchist collective, their 'jams', and an undercover security expert who may suffer from 'drinking the Kool-Aid' before long. A performance film above all.
"Day 2. I have infiltrated the radical queer knit-bombing freegan OWS DIY artist collective hipster bicycle activist CSA intimacy-cult enclave in Pittsburgh and been accepted into their poetry-slamming hacktivist ranks. They still don't realize I'm an actress, despite my false eyelashes, artfully tousled locks, espionage Birkenstocks. I am one step closer to destroying the liberal scourge that is Greenpea--The East."
The East was so much better than I thought it was going to be. The whole cast is perfect, Brit Marling continues to be impressive and even Alexander Skarsgard proves that he's capable of doing good work instead of just picking up a paycheck. Will still be looking forward to more films from Zal Batmanglij after this one.