Film Review | The East by Zal Batmanglij

dvd cover the eastThe East is an intense film that grabs and keeps your interest. Marling is good at her job with a private intelligence firm and is selected to go undercover to infiltrate an ‘anarchist’ group called The East. This group is interested in corporate accountability and believes they need to go beyond what the law and government are doing to keep corporations accountable for their actions. Various group members have been affected personally in different ways by these corporations and plan a gig or attack to bring media and public attention to the wrong being committed.

The film does a good job presenting the activist group in a way that allows the viewer to understand how much it means to its members. It sparks thinking about right versus wrong and shades of gray when it comes to sacrificing a few to save many more. It’s interesting to think about whether this film was made more as entertainment or to actually spark people thinking or getting involved in fixing things they may know about or perceive to be failures in the system. The premise is pretty simple, but I’d recommend this film to open minded viewers, fans of the cast members, and those on the fence about the system. You’re likely to find a decent hold queue at your local library though.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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