East, The (2013)

Lists: Drama, Thriller

Brief Synopsis: "An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities irrevocably changed after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations."

Overall Ranking: 1544 (Rank from 2013: # 75)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 16.67%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 16.67%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Coogs Film Blog97(full review)
Bryan Lienesch84 - Underneath the film's steely thriller exterior lies a morality play about justice and revenge and the cost of achieving each.
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin80(full review)
Sean Kelly80(full review)
Paul Perkins80
Drezzy80 - We found out that there was a theater showing this about a half hour away from my girlfriend's house, so we went to see it. Much like The Purge, there's an obvious political message here, but rather than it being overt and timid about it (like The Purge), this one wears its heart on its sleeve the whole time yet never focuses on one political party or belief. It attacks the wasteful habits we, as a society, share, but mainly focusing on the belief of getting a dollar at the expense of everything else. It's not even anti-capitalist, just attacking the kinds of corporations like BP or {insert evil pharmaceutical conglomerate here} that have caused damage to people and animals and habitats in general without a care in the world. The core value of the East is less revenge (though that plays a major part in the motivation behind it all) than it is exposing the lies to the public. It could even come across as an infomercial for Christianity, considering the main character, Jane Owen (played wonderfully by Brit Marling), is revealed to be quite devout in her beliefs (though not of the typical fundamentalist sect, as she's quite modern), and not once is this ever even critiqued. In fact, it's her faith that ultimately decides the fate of her and the other protagonists. Ellen Page is solid in this, but not involved as much as early advertising would make it seem, and Alexander Skarsgard delivers a great showing.
Minnesota Man75(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik70
Sober Film Critic James Brown70(full review)
Dan O'Neill65(full review)
David Baruffi61(full review)
Gorgon Reviews43(full review)

People Involved

  • Ellen Page (Izzy)
  • Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd (Benji)
  • Brit Marling (Sarah)
  • Patricia Clarkson (Sharon)
  • Toby Kebbell (Doc)
  • Shiloh Fernandez (Luca)
  • Julia Ormond (Paige)
  • Zal Batmanglij (Director)