One Minute Review: The East (2013)

Release Date
May 31, 2013
Director
Zal Batmanglij
Screenplay
Zal Batmanglij
Brit Marling
Distributed By
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Budget
$6.5 million
Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, some disturbing images, sexual content and partial nudity
116 minutes

The East
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Not only is “The East” an entertaining thriller starring Brit Marling as an undercover operative for an intelligence firm, it also hits some very valid points on social injustice and the state of our environment. Written and directed by Zal Batmanglij, co-writing with lead actress Brit, the pair prove that “Sound of My Voice” was not a fluke and capture the same, high end independent feel.

Surrounded by impressive talent, Brit Marling is able to shine in her own creation, having a sincerity and believability to match her beauty. Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård, Toby Kebbell, and Patricia Clarkson round out this amazing cast, all bringing an unmatched life to their characters that keeps this film rolling. With an eerie cult-like mentality reminiscent of “Sound of My Voice” and a strong social impact demeanor, “The East” is about as strong a film as it could be and delivers one of the most entertaining films of the summer in a sea of big budget, eye-candy blockbusters.

 

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