This anti-corporate espionage thriller is slick and engaging for a while, but in the end leaves you rooting for the bad guys|
by Henry Barnes, The Guardian, published on Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 22.45 BST
An anti-corporate espionage thriller (brought to you by Fox) that stars Brit Marling as Sarah, a spy infiltrating the eponymous eco-terrorist cell. The East pull "jams" criminal stunts such as poisoning a big pharma company's board with their own dangerous drug. Marling and co-writer/director Zal Batmanglij are in their element while embedding Sarah in the collective's punky, crusty world (, ruled by Alexander Skarsgård and his puckish first lieutenant, Izzy (Ellen Page). But her capitalist decadence must fall. And so, too, The East a sleek thriller clogged by its noble message heads south. It becomes sanctimonious, makes you contrary. I left craving a Big Mac.
Rating: 3 out of 5