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Good performances and a great premise but the movie starts losing steam in the last act when it should go crescendo and falls flat in the end.
I've enjoyed the fact that Brit Marling has been writing/producing/starring in genre pictures with indie budgets and indie feels. The East isn't science-fiction like Another Earth or Sound of My Voice were, but a much more straightforward (corporate) spy thriller that, like Sound of My Voice, takes its inspiration from Marling and her writing partner's time in a counter-culture group (anarchists, cults, call them what you like). Her character works for a security company that infiltrates eco-terrorist cells to prevent acts of sabotage. Marling gets into a group called The East who have "eye for an eye" ideas of how to attack the problems caused by big corporations, but is seduced by their lifestyle and polemic. Or is she? This isn't cut and dried because, like her, we're also made to wonder if corporate criminals don't have it coming. Not quite the "puzzle movie" her other efforts have been (those that I've seen, I hasten to add), but generally more enjoyable as a narrative. An unusual thriller that makes some good points without sounding preachy. And though it's an indie, you'll recognize a lot of faces, including Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård, Julia Ormond, and Patricia Clarkson.
Like the other guy said, it kinda falls apart at the end. Definitely worth watching though I was pleasantly surprised
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