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Issue: Spring 2013

The East (2013) movie review

Corporate Spy Undercover


An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. (source: IMDB)

Don't think from the above description that this is a glossy, hip film filled with high-tech gadgetry. This is a story about a company that makes its money protecting big business from ecoterrorists and the like.

The East is filled with mundane, sometimes peculiar moments. For example, the terrorists bond by donning straight-jackets and feeding one another with wooden spoons held in their mouths. Seriously?

Movie poster, The East, Festivale film review; 220x315

Movie poster, The East
Spy on us, we'll spy on you.

Too long, and it takes itself far too seriously to the detriment of the issues involved.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release September 2013
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Title: The East (2013)
Written by: Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij (screenplay)
Directed by: Zal Batmanglij
Running time: 116 mins

The Players: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard

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