The East


116 min minutes

Indie darling Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij's sophomore effort takes the hypnotically paranoid vibe of Sound Of My Voice and improves on the rest. Ellen Page and hunky Alexander SkarsgÄrd head up a homegrown terrorist group dedicated to avenging corporate wrong-doings. Marling is the company-woman sent undercover to expose their plans. Moral quandaries ensues. What makes the movie work (aside from a terrific cast) is the way Batmanglij immerses the audience in the group's culture without coloring with kid-size black and white crayons. It could have used a stronger third act but this polished and persuasive thriller actually manages to encourage its audience to meditate on the price of unquestioning devotion to any cause. (JEFF MEYERS)

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Film Credits
Zal Batmanglij
SIFF 2013