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'The East' Movie: Brit Marling Thriller Suffers from Unbridled Earnestness

'The East' movie with Brit Marling. 'The East' movie: Thriller marred by unbridled earnestness The East is a didactic polemic couched in a mediocre thriller that takes itself far too seriously to be taken seriously. That isn't to say the concerns of The East's young filmmakers – director / co-screenwriter Zal Batmanglij and leading lady / co-screenwriter Brit Marling (also a producer along with, among others, Tony Scott and Ridley Scott) – aren't earnest. To the best that can be discerned, Batmanglij and Marling seem to genuinely care about our society and its ever-diminishing corporate values. In fact, the charge brought by The East's characters seems to be the charge brought by its filmmakers: The powers-that-be poison our food and […]


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'The East' Movie: Brit Marling Thriller Suffers from Unbridled Earnestness