Starring: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Patricia Clarkson
Directed by: Zal Batmanglij
Synopsis: An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.
Written, produced and starring Brit Marling, The East was pretty underwhelming to say the least. I found it to be dull, poe faced and heavy handed. Not to mention implausible and down right stupid in places.
First there is the fact that every time I saw Brit Marling I thought I was looking at Nadine from Girls Aloud, then there was the deaf girl who could sometimes hear, sometimes not. Next, during Sarah’s (Marling) initiation meal they are all wearing strait jackets. Seriously, the whole gang. How did they get them on?! Next up, the scruffy bunch of anarchists (think a Hollywoodised version of The Levellers) lose their day wear (your usual camo, knitted jumpers, fingerless gloves kind of thing) and slip into something more opulent so that they can infiltrate a party being thrown by a CEO of a pharmaceutical company. Where did they get these suits, dresses and jewellery from? They squat in a derelict old building! Finally, the scene at the arsenic filled creek with Juno’s dad. One minute he is a corporate fat cat who couldn’t care less about the little people who drink his polluted water, the next minute he is swimming in it and crying. Surely that transformation wouldn’t happen would it?
Despite the gang thinking they were doing right, and fighting the good fight against corporate tyrants, I couldn’t help disliking them. They all took themselves way too seriously (as I suppose those kinds of people do) and I just wanted them to go and have a bit of fun (aside from a bit of a creepy game of spin the bottle).
I think The East thinks it has a message behind it, but I just thought it was over long and and very average.