The East

Overview

A covert female operative infiltrates an anarchist faction that stages clandestine attacks on major corporations, and finds her mission compromised when she falls for the group's charismatic leader in this tense and topical thriller from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij -- the creative duo behind the indie hit The Sound of My Voice. When a mysterious group begins turning unsafe products against the very CEOs who manufacture them, former FBI agent Sarah Moss Marling is hired by a powerful intelligence firm to ...
See more details below
DVD (Wide Screen)
$19.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $10.98   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   

Overview

A covert female operative infiltrates an anarchist faction that stages clandestine attacks on major corporations, and finds her mission compromised when she falls for the group's charismatic leader in this tense and topical thriller from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij -- the creative duo behind the indie hit The Sound of My Voice. When a mysterious group begins turning unsafe products against the very CEOs who manufacture them, former FBI agent Sarah Moss Marling is hired by a powerful intelligence firm to expose the culprit. Before long, Sarah has integrated herself into The East, the group thought to be responsible the frightening attacks, and she begins to collect evidence against them. In time, however, Sarah finds her sympathies shifting to the very people she once set out to destroy, leading to an intense crisis of conscience that causes her to reassess her priorities as she works quietly to maintain her cover. Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, and Patricia Clarkson co-star.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

Closed Caption; Examining the moral gray; Cause and effect: the movement of The East; Two brothers collaboration
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
All too often it seems like filmmakers get so caught up in plot that they forget they're working in the perfect medium to explore ideas. This isn't the case with Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, whose first collaboration, The Sound of My Voice, delved deeply into the concepts of perception and reality in telling the tale of a young couple who infiltrate an enigmatic cult. A rare indie movie that used its modest budget to great effect while focusing on performances and atmosphere, The Sound of My Voice was somewhat overshadowed by another cult-themed drama -- the similarly haunting Martha Marcy May Marlene -- back in 2011; now, Batmanglij and Marling are back with The East, a film that shares quite a bit in common with their previous effort thematically, yet exceeds it not just in terms of scope, but style and quality as well. When a mysterious group begin turning unsafe products against the very CEOs who manufacture them, former FBI agent Sarah Moss (Marling) is hired by a powerful intelligence firm to expose the culprits. Before long, she has ingratiated herself into The East, the group thought to be responsible for the frightening attacks, and begins to collect evidence against them. However, Sarah soon finds her sympathies shifting to the very people she once set out to destroy, leading to an intense crisis of conscience that causes her to reassess her priorities as she works diligently to maintain her cover. For a movie lover, there's no greater thrill than watching a talented storyteller grow, and that's precisely what we see in The East -- an intellectually challenging film that never forgets its first order of business is to entertain. Batmanglij and Marling want us to think about important and topical subjects like eco-terrorism and moral relativism, and by folding those concepts into a story filled with suspenseful situations and colorful characters, they manage to do so without getting heavy-handed. Whereas in The Sound of My Voice they only had the bare resources to express such ambitious ideas, here they have an impressive cast capable of really bringing them to life. It seems as if that talent in front of the camera has helped to bring out the best in those behind it as well; in an era when filmmakers with just a computer and a garage can create whole new worlds, Batmanglij focuses inward instead of outward, exploring his characters and their motivations in ways that prompt deep reflection on the part of the viewer. Things like furtive gestures, unexpected responses, and mundane actions are character building blocks that he telegraphs to us while surreptitiously wrapping us in the complex layers of the story. If an artist's duty is to challenge, Batmanglij and Marling handle that responsibility with a passion that comes through in the story and performances. As anyone who saw The Sound of My Voice can attest, Marling isn't just a smart writer, but a charismatic actress as well. In that film, she cut an ethereal figure as a sickly cult leader who unknowingly accepts an intruder into her inner circle. Here she takes on the opposite role -- that of the infiltrating agent. Though the character may not be as glamorous or interesting, Marling's subtle expressions, small gestures, and confident delivery ensure that she's equally effective. Meanwhile, as the leader of The East, Alexander Skarsgård is by turns menacing and vulnerable. We're never quite sure how he will react when the truth is finally revealed, and that ambiguity goes a long way in maintaining an air of suspense throughout the film's entire running time. Ellen Page, likewise, displays a passionate air of volatility that's brought to the forefront when she carries out the "jam" (read: mission) that she's been waiting for her entire life. The supporting cast -- including Toby Kebbell as a doctor with a tragic backstory, Shiloh Fernandez as the person who brings Sarah into the fold, and Jason Ritter as Sarah's put-upon mate -- fill The East with characters who are colorful and compelling. Patricia Clarkson, meanwhile, plays it cold as ice as Sarah's shrewd boss, a woman who recognizes her young agent's strengths and weaknesses with equal clarity. Some may argue that plot parallels between The East and The Sound of My Voice show that Batmanglij and Marling are already running out of ideas just as their collaborative relationship appears to be getting off the ground. All things considered, it's difficult to dismiss that claim outright, though a more forgiving viewer may recognize that the creative duo perform even more capably when given the resources to expand on the concepts and themes they could merely flirt with before. The East is a challenging movie that could prove divisive amongst the passionately political, but to get caught up in the film's politics is to miss its point -- that humans are complicated creatures whose beliefs can evolve with the information we're given (or that's withheld from us), and that those changing viewpoints can have a transformative effect on the way we live our day-to-day lives. If that sounds a bit too heady for a night at the cinema, it should be noted that The East is also a crackling thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last second.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2013
  • UPC: 024543831730
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,784

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brit Marling Sarah
Alexander Skarsgård Benji
Ellen Page Izzy
Toby Kebbell Doc
Shiloh Fernandez Luca
Aldis Hodge Thumbs
Danielle MacDonald Tess
Hillary Baack Eve
Patricia Clarkson Sharon
Jason Ritter Tim
Julia Ormond Paige Williams
Billy Magnussen Porty McCabe
Wilbur Fitzgerald Robert McCabe
John Neisler Rory Houston
Jamey Sheridan Richard Cannon
Pamela Roylance Diane Wisecarver
Ryan Grego Johnny Perkins
Ava Bogle Johnny's Mom
Nick Fuhrmann Johnny's Brother
Patricia French Fake Mom
Ron Flagge Hiller Brood Security
Han Soto Sharon's Assistant
Billy Slaughter Trevor "The Fed"
Benjamin Passmore Backroom Speaker
Sedef Seren Boxcar Singer
Richard Zeringue Railroad Bull #1
Brian Oerly Railroad Bull #2
Randy Fife Railroad Bull #3
Orpha Cabigting Filipino Maid
John James Tourville John James
Lani Bemak Lani
Angharad Robinson Angie
Michael Nouryeh Voice Only
Technical Credits
Zal Batmanglij Director, Screenwriter
Martin Astles Makeup Special Effects
Nikki Black Art Director
Halli Cauthery Score Composer
Joe Colwell Makeup Special Effects
Michael Costigan Producer
Alex Digerlando Production Designer
Jenny Gering Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson Producer
Ryan Heffington Choreography
Illusion Industries Inc. Makeup Special Effects
Ronna Kress Casting
Ronna Kress Casting
Brit Marling Producer, Screenwriter
Jonathan McCoy Co-producer
John McKeown Asst. Director
Seth William Meier Makeup Special Effects
Bill Pankow Editor
Tony Scott Executive Producer
Ridley Scott Producer
Roman Vasyanov Cinematographer
Adam Walls Makeup Special Effects
Andrew Weisblum Editor
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The East
1. Scene 1
2. Scene 2
3. Scene 3
4. Scene 4
5. Scene 5
6. Scene 6
7. Scene 7
8. Scene 8
9. Scene 9
10. Scene 10
11. Scene 11
12. Scene 12
13. Scene 13
14. Scene 14
15. Scene 15
16. Scene 16
17. Scene 17
18. Scene 18
19. Scene 19
20. Scene 20
21. Scene 21
22. Scene 22
23. Scene 23
24. Scene 24
25. Scene 25
26. Scene 26
27. Scene 27
28. Scene 28
29. Scene 29
30. Scene 30
31. Scene 31
32. Scene 32
33. Scene 33
34. Scene 34
35. Scene 35
36. Scene 36
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- The East
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio
         English Dolby Digital 5.1
         English Descriptive Audio 5.1
         Español Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
         Français Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
      Subtitles
         English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
   Scenes
   Extras
      Theatrical Behind the Scenes
         Two Brothers: Collaboration
         Cause and Effect: The Movement of The East
         Examining the Moral Gray
      Theatrical Trailer
      Sneak Peek
         Runner, Runner
         The Blu-Ray Experience
         Trance
         The Way, Way Back
         Stoker
         Hitchcock
         Homeland Season 2
         The Americans
         Vikings
         Carrie
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously