An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
Brit Marling made a helluva splash in 2011 with Another Earth. Writer and star, it was fantastic storytelling and acting. One of the only films to make a DV style work and be both compelling and convincing. It's really upsetting that her potential is squandered with The East. Writer and star again, this film is the furthest thing from Another Earth. However, perhaps this is due to the director/co-writer who has really condescending storytelling techniques. I skipped their pairing last year for The Sound Of My Voice because I heard mixed things but if it's supposedly worse than this then I don't want to know. Nothing about The East is convincing. It feels like there wasn't a lick of research done on either the anarchist group or the CIA or whatever random intelligence agent Marling worked for. There wasn't a convincing moment for the characters either. There's loadsa stuff that feels like it should work on paper but in execution, it just made me groan. It's like a cartoon of what the writers think this kind of stuff is like. So terribly contrived as well. It forces emotion too but it ends up just cold and melodramatic. It gets a little better in the second half when I decided to lower my expectations and just go with the flow but nothing could recover its messy first half hour. Impossible to invest in or take seriously.
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