Well it has once again come to that time of year when all of us movie geeks go over our list of movies we have seen over the past year and try to make our top ten lists. As I look over my list of movies that I saw in 2013, there have been some good ones (more on that later), along with some I wish I could get my time back (Amour, How I Live Now, and The Great Gatsby just to name a few). According to my list, I have seen 92 new movies in 2013, and by new, I mean anything I have not seen before, for example, I finally got North by Northwest off my list of shame.
The East Director: Zal Batmanglij
Writer(s): Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling
Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd, Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson Fox Searchlight Pictures
Rated R | 116 minutes
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Directed by Zal Batmanglij, The East stars Brit Marling as Sarah Ross, a former FBI agent who becomes an undercover operative for the private intelligence firm Hiller/Brood. Sarah’s latest assignment: infiltrate The East, an anarchist collective that targets multinational corporations and their corrupt CEOs.
Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd and Ellen Page co-star as Benji and Lizzy, leaders of The East who use “jams” to expose pharmaceutical companies and energy conglomerates that destroy the planet. These agents of chaos aren’t just environmental activists, but victims of the system. Take for instance the East’s doctor, played by Toby Kebbell, who used a “miracle” antibiotic while on an aid mission to Africa. The drug ravaged his nervous system; he has to use superglue to treat wounds because his hands are too shaky to make stitches.
Two of cinema’s fasting rising stars, Alexander Skarsgard and Brit Marling, are apparently set to bring their white hot buzz together for a brand new flick.
THR is reporting that the former, who stars in the HBO series True Blood, has signed on to join the upcoming thriller, The East, which would find Marling, who co-wrote the film, teaming up with her Sound Of My Voice collaborator once again, Zal Batmanglij.
The film will follow “a female agent who infiltrates an eco-terrorist group.”