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The East (2013)



Critic Consensus: Tense, thoughtful, and deftly paced, The East is a political thriller that never loses sight of the human element.

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THE EAST, a suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller from acclaimed writer-director Zal Batmanglij and writer-actress Brit Marling, stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company's head honcho, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates herself with the group, overcoming their initial suspicions and joining them on their next action or "jam." But living closely with the intensely committed members of The East, Sarah finds herself torn between her two worlds as she starts to connect with anarchist Benji (Alexander Skarsgård) and the rest of the collective, and awakens to the moral contradictions of her personal life. (c) Fox Searchlight

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Julia Ormond
as Paige Williams
Billy Magnussen
as Porty McCabe
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as Robert McCabe
John Neisler
as Rory Houston
Jamey Sheridan
as Richard Cannon
Pamela Roylance
as Diane Wisecarver
Ryan Grego
as Johnny Perkins
Ava Bogle
as Johnny's Mom
Nick Fuhrmann
as Johnny's Brother
Ron Flagge
as Hiller Brood Security
Han Soto
as Sharon's Assistant
Billy Slaughter
as Trevor "The Fed"
Benjamin Passmore
as Backroom Speaker
Sedef Seren
as Boxcar Singer
Richard Zeringue
as Railroad Bull #1
Brian Oerly
as Railroad Bull #2
Randy Fife
as Railroad Bull #3
Orpha Cabigting
as Filipino Maid
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Critic Reviews for The East

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (45)

Marling and Batmanglij don't fear or resent entertainment: They make effective thrillers... If they reach a major studio and bigger budget, they could be the right kind of dangerous.

January 6, 2014 | Full Review…

A slick, grungy espionage thriller so in tune with the times it's almost uncanny.

June 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A zeitgeist-grabbing indie spy thriller exploring the rise of techno-savvy anti-authoritarian movements lurking in the darkest recesses of the internet.

June 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It becomes sanctimonious, makes you contrary. I left craving a Big Mac.

June 27, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Marling wrote it with Zal Batmanglij, her writer-director partner on Sound of My Voice. This is a kindred attention-catcher, good on the quiet madness of cults and creeds.

June 27, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

When the movie's thriving on uncertainty, pinning Jane between two camps with equally sinister potential, it has a prickly ingenuity and promise. It's gripping, for at least an hour.

June 27, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The East


It's uneven, especially in its lack of real suspense and character motivations. But The East's moral ambiguity and complexity of ideas makes for an engaging thriller that the studio system should be making more often. Writer/actor Brit Marling is quickly developing into a force to be reckoned with, standing alongside a great supporting cast with wit and ferocity.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Good movie. The writing is clever and topical, and obviously hits quite a few nerves for those viewers who object to its criticism of corporate America. I applaud the film makers for daring to challenge a system that all too often succumbs to greed and corruption, and leaves behind death and grief. Not at all a dull movie, full of some really great acting...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie and I am starting to admire Brit Marling as writer and actress. While some may love or hate the ending, I was thoroughly engaged in the story-line and I appreciate movies that leave me thinking afterwards.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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