The East Review: The Modern Love Story Between Eco-Anarchists



To describe “The East” it is not enough to say that this is a movie about environmental justice or “eco-terrorism”. No, it is more than that, but still focuses on the severest environmental problems destroying our world thanks to soulless corporations. The director is Zal Batmanglij and co-writer is the lead actress Brit Marling, who worked with Batmanglij at his previous project “The Sound of my Voice”. In “The East” in addition to the leading role brilliantly performed by Marling the supporting roles were played by Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard, Patricia Clarkson, Julia Ormond and Toby Kebbell.

Marling plays Sarah, a former FBI employee who currently works in a private security company protecting the elite of US society. Her first task is to penetrate into the group of environmental anarchists, eco-terrorists  called “The East” that revenge amoral multinational corporations responsible for the destruction of our planet and the death of countless living beings due to environmental disasters.

By telling her understanding boyfriend (Jason Ritter) a tale about her job in Dubai, the woman actually hits the streets near her home in Washington, where many grubby vagrants and freegans gather in order to become one of activists allowed to join “The East”. However, the more Sarah finds out about the activities of the group, being charmed by the eco-terrorists’ leader Benji, the more she doubts whose side to choose.