Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The East (2013)

Director: Zal Batmanglij. Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, Jason Ritter, Julia Ormond. 116 min. Rated PG-13. USA/UK. Crime/Drama.

Cult-like resistance group called "The East" commits acts of terrorism against corporate CEOs who pollute the environment, so a government-supported private firm hires an agent to infiltrate the group. The concept is quite intriguing, but the story-line doesn't live up to expectations; mainly because it takes the agent forever to figure out the firm that hired her isn't any better than the companies the resistance group is up against (writers hoping for a conspiracy thriller?). And that in-house surgery scene was ludicrous. Amazingly, there are hints at a sequel at the end. The filmmakers must have a lot of self-esteem.

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