Rated PG-13. 1 hour, 56 minutes.
by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Page and Alexander Skarsgard in Fox Searchlight's "The
East" - 2013
Sundance Selection (2013) :::
This is the story of
a mysterious network of anti-corporate militants whose actions
ranged from pranks to terrorism. Members of “The East”
lived off the grid in an abandoned house near the Mason-Dixie
Line. Their goal was to hold the executive class accountable for
poisoning the water and polluting the environment. They targeted
after three multi-national corporations in this movie.
Brit Marling starred
as Sarah Moss, a former FBI agent. The movie opened with a shot
of her waking up in bed with Tim (played by Jason Ritter). Moss
went on a job interview to work for the private intelligence firm,
Hiller Brood. She really hoped to get this new job.
Hours later, Moss
got the job. She told Tim that she needed a ride to the airport
for a flight to Dubai. However, it was all a hoax. After he left
the airport, she walked outside the terminal and got into a taxi
cab. Moss was working undercover as part of The East. She was
able to convince the members of this group that she was a part
A multi-national pharmaceutical
company was the first target of The East. The militants learned
that this corporation was selling dangerous antibiotics. The East
showed up at one of their corporate parties where all of the big
whigs were drinking champagne. This is where Ellen Page entered
the movie. Her father is the CEO of the pharmaceutical company.
She had a casual conversation with him and then gives him a shot
in the leg. He passed out.
An electric company
was the next corporation The East held accountable. It was selected
for releasing poison into a river, which in turn caused a man
to die from his bad drinking water. The militants brought the
CEO and his wife to the side of the river at 3 a.m., the exact
time when poisonous chemicals were released. Members of The East
pushed the CEO and his wife into the contaminated waters.
Later in the film,
Moss fell in love with fellow East member Benji (played by Alexander
Skarsgård). He caught on to the fact that she was undercover.
Benji demanded that Moss give him a list of all the private investigators
working with her. She returned to the company’s headquarters
and recorded a video of her co-workers on a computer screen. The
P.I. firm saw the whole thing and took her Blackberry away.
Will Moss be praised
for her undercover work or does she get tortured? I’m not
going to tell you that now. You’ll have to see the movie
to find out how it ends.
Zal Batmanglij directed
and co-wrote “The East” along with actress Brit Marling.
Also starring in the film are Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez,
Aldis Hodge, Danielle Macdonald and Hillary Baack. Scenes for
the movie were all shot in and around Shreveport, La.
I thought this film
was more of a documentary-thriller than just a thriller. I was
hoping to see more of Ellen Page. She first appeared 20 minutes
into the movie and then died about a half hour later. There were
a few gory scenes, so I wouldn’t recommend it for children,
even though it has a PG-13 rating.
made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan.
20, 2013. Eleven days later, it played at the Michigan Theater
in Ann Arbor as part of its Sundance Film Festival USA program.
Look for it right now in select theaters nationwide. "The
East" will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, Sept.
the Official Movie Trailer
by Fox Searchlight Pictures
East" movie poster