Thursday, June 27, 2013

The East: Direction Unknown

Two groups frame this thriller. And one woman is the bridge between.

She's actress Brit Marling, who was riveting in the haunting sci-fi drama Another Earth. And she lifts this movie beyond what it might have been without her.

She's Jane, who works for an agency that protects corporations from terrorists. But when she goes undercover in a group called The East, she begins to wonder if she's on the right side.

The East, whose members live off the grind, have little more than their eye-for-eye philosophy. Their targets are heads of companies who've harmed the public, and not only got away with it, but prospered because of their greedy unconcern.

It's easy to sympathize with people who've suffered because of corporate greed. But how far would you go?

The question asked in this dark, often disturbing, film is how far will Jane go?

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