The East a Thinkers’ Thriller
referred to by the title of the movie is an anarchist organization that just accomplished their first act of terrorism by flooding the home of an oil company with the same crude oil that was spilled into the ocean by the company that caused the destruction of the environment and wildlife. The identities of the members of the group are unknown and they themselves don’t know their next target.
Brit Marling plays Sarah Moss, who works for a private investigative company. She is tasked to infiltrate The East and learn how she can prevent future attacks from happening to the company’s clients. Her mission is clear but there some gray areas in between that could change how she tackles the formidable task at hand.
Through Sarah, viewers will see the difference between right and wrong. It asks the question of what would you do. And soon after, you will ask yourself whether you will actually do it. The East is co-written by actress Marling and director Zal Batmanglij. The movie’s structure is similar to their 2012 project, Sound of My Voice, where a couple tries to get into a cult to expose the leader as a fraud.
Alexander Skarsgaard is the leader of The East. Some of the group’s members are Ellen Page, Shiloh Fernandex and Toby Kebbell. On the bad, corporate side, we have Patricia Clarkson and Julia Ormond.
The East blurs the line between right and wrong while asking viewers how far they are willing to go in order to punish those who do bad to others. Marling and Batmanglij tackles real world issues and turns them into an engaging thriller. They used real issues that are despised by the majority, such as unsafe drugs and oil spills.
The East is a good thriller but it is far from being perfect. It could improve in the pacing and its long runtime could have been shortened. It is a movie that makes you exercise that big muscle in your head and manages to give viewers some thrills.