Movie: The East
My Rating: 3 stars
Want to see a movie about filthy, but sexy hippies engaging in vigilante justice to take down the evil corporate entities that are oppressing us all? If so, this is the movie for you. These attractive, raw-vegans live and love communally, and they’re committed to taking on one another’s’ social causes too. These kids mean business, and they’re not afraid of engaging in some hard-core violence and destruction of property to make their point. So, all the action in this flick is pretty exciting and clandestine. And really, your dirty anarchists can’t get much sexier than Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, and Brit Marling. Those kids look great in all their flower child/paramilitary/bag-lady fashions.
Brit Marling plays Sarah, an intelligence agent of some sort. She’s charged with infiltrating the subversive group to bring them down. Or, maybe she’s supposed to catch them in the act of criminal activity so that they can be prosecuted. I forget. She’s tough as nails, and very competent. She’s mussed up her hair, and donned her best combat jacket and boots. So, she’s ready to start hopping trains, and rubbing elbows with the most hardened eco-terrorists. But, will she gain their trust? She still looks very rosy-cheeked and well fed, despite having not bathed in weeks. And, her reasons for riding the rails sound pretty vague, too. But, we know she’ll be welcomed in at some point. There’d be no movie otherwise.
The only question left is whether she’ll stay true to her mission to bring these commies down, or whether she’s in danger of sympathizing with the causes of her new companions. The group has some pretty compelling arguments. They really are targeting the worst of the worst offenders—pharmaceutical companies who are poisoning the groundwater and giving people cancer, conglomerates who torture animals in factory farms, then feed you their diseased carcasses, companies who steal milk from babies. You know the type. And, who could help but be persuaded with Alexander Skarsgard’s piercing blue eyes staring them down? I know I’d have a hard time. Stockholm Syndrome, here I come!
I didn’t have very high hopes for this movie. It kinda looked like a generic espionage thriller to me. But, I was actually very pleasantly surprised. The action is exciting, the suspense is palpable, and the writing is pretty decent (it doesn’t hurt that all the actors are really nice to look at, too). I guess good things can come from low expectations. So, I recommend giving this movie a peek if you ever get the time.