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The East [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez
  • Directors: Zal Batmanglij
  • Producers: Brit Marling, Michael Costigan, Jocelyn Hayes, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E968HSI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,697 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


From producer Ridley Scott and directed by Zal Batmanglij comes a taut, sexy thriller with an acclaimed cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård and Oscar® nominee Ellen Page*. When young, ambitious Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) is hired by an elite private intelligence firm, she is immediately sent on a dangerous undercover assignment. Infiltrating an anarchistic activist group called “The East,” Sarah must take part as the group terrorises corporate leaders who seem to get away with crimes against humanity. But the more the group’s activities escalate, the more Sarah’s life is in danger.

*Actress, Juno, 2007.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton on 15 May 2014
Format: DVD
Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij follow up their previous collaboration, Sound of my Voice (very good film with similar themes to this one) with this politically charged thriller.

Marling co writes and stars as Sarah, an undercover operative attempting to infiltrate a group of eco terrorists led by a charismatic front men Benji (Alexander Skarsgard). The group, known as The East, are taking revenge on people and corporations they feel have wronged them or society. This revenge takes the form of what they call "jams", a specific act of retribution against the culprits. The opening credits show The East breaking into a house and coating it with oil, this being revenge for a previous oil spill in the sea. The jams however escalate from here, becoming more violent and morally ambiguous.

Can Sarah stop them from happening? Does she even want to? The more time she spends with The East the more conflicted she becomes. They have a point of course but do the ends justify the means? Marling plays her role well, Skarsgard is as good as ever, Patricia Clarkson is excellent as a ruthless executive, in fact there's no weak link in the acting ensemble (Ellen Page and Toby Kebell are also on good form).

Batmanglij's direction is assured and this is a really good, thoughtful, tension filled thriller. Highly recommended from me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray

I caught this rather interesting thriller late one evening cable. There is no point in regurgitating the whole plot here. However, the premise is as follows -Our main protagonist Jane is an operative for a private intelligence firm Hiller Brood, and is assigned by her boss Sharon to infiltrate `The East' an underground anarchist co -operative who plan and carry out covert actions against corporations in an effort to bare/reveal their corruption and negligence. In her undercover role, and in-line with the ethos of the anarchist cell, she practices Freeganism. This entails the eating of recovered/eating food that has been thrown away. As Jane gets to know the group, her views are shown to change, as she is not immune to the cells message as well as the individual narratives of the group members. As the plot progresses there some rather interesting twists and turns to the story.

For me there lots of symbolism in this film, some of which is quasi-religious such as the set up involving straight-jackets, where by, each member feeding each other as they are unable to feed themselves. It is interesting to note that Brit Marling - who plays Jane in the film, experienced first-hand how to hop trains and learned to sleep rough as well as practicing Freeganism. The East, is no espionage film as we know it and Jane uses the same field craft - disguise, tools of spy craft and a legend that holds up to the scrutiny of the cell. This is film whether you like it or not it raises many questions. The cell's attack on a pharmaceutical company that sells flawed and dangerous medicine - is part based on a drug company that touted medication that lead to a number of suicides amongst patients that used it. This an unusual thriller it is not the state but rather big business are the culprits, a film worthy of a good four stars in my estimation - it's not perfect by an means but it is very thought provoking.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 28 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
We are watching you, Zal Batmanglij. His first film as writer-director, Sound of My Voice, was a beautifully concise, thought-provoking dive into the psychology of the cult. While not quite up to the standard of that film, The East covers similar socially-conscious ground with similarly intriguing results.

Brit Marling returns, this time as the undercover operative entering the group, here an anarchist-freeganist party calling themselves The East, who punish the CEOs of unethical megacorporations in the manner of the companies' crimes. What could have been an arrow-straight case of the ultra-conservative corporate agent revealing her nice lefty side is made complicated by the fact that Sarah uncovers dubious motives and behaviour on both sides. The East is most successful when it is smearing the black and white and making it grey.

It is least successful when it wears its polemics on its sleeve. The straight-up ethical debate scenes, while laudable in their content, can come across as preachy. Although it doesn't outright demonise anyone, it's pretty clear where the filmmakers' sympathies lie, and at times an air of sanctimony undermines the drama.

But this shouldn't detract from what the film does really well. When the script is focused and flowing, it's absolutely gripping, and exquisitely detailed - a throwaway line often paints a detailed picture, without recourse to plodding backstory. There are no dud performances from the cast. And, aesthetically, the film has the same dusky atmosphere that made its predecessor so seductive.

This is recommended for those looking for an evocative, twisting, dense, and serious thriller. Just be ready for the arguments afterwards.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan Ionescu on 8 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
A group of eco terrorists called "The East" is attacking executes from companies harming the environment. Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) is sent to undercover to infiltrate in the group and learn their next moves.

Sarah manages to become one of the group's members but she begins developing feelings for the members and she has a romantic relationship with the leader.

She has to decide if she will betray the company she works for or the people from The East group.

In conclusion: the film is worth seeing because it is a good thriller.
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