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The East trailer is here to deliver a chilling manifesto

Jan. 21, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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As our very own Chris Bumbray will review the latest at Sundance, those of us not lucky enough to attend will get to enjoy all of the new trailers revealed this week for the festival films. Here we have our first look at THE EAST starring Brit Marling, Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard, and Patricia Clarkson.

THE EAST tells the story of a contract worker (Brit Marling) who is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group, only to find herself falling for its charismatic leader. The film comes from Zal Batmanglij, director of last year's chilling SOUND OF MY VOICE.

As much as Marling played the charismatic leader of a cult in SOUND OF MY VOICE, she looks perfect in the opposite role as the infiltrator in this film. The eco-terror plot device is timely but still feels like it is going to divide audiences with some claiming it is a liberally biased horror film while others will tout it as proof of conservative failings. For me, it looks like a damn goof thriller.

The idea of cults and cult-like personalities is incredibly interesting to me. Batmanglij looks to have crafted two excellent films to start his career as a director exploring this sub-culture and I hope he continues to. That Ellen Page voice-over is going to stick with me for a while.

Expect THE EAST to pick up distribution at the Sundance Film Festival with a release date to follow.

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12:45AM on 01/22/2013
Looks interesting, but I can't help but feel that the agenda of the film will get annoying. I like when filmmakers have a strong message to put out, but it gets annoying when they go for the obvious message. And the timing of this film also seems a tad fishy to me. I can only hope that this is a film that explores beyond the message the trailer seems to evoke. That to me seems like it would make for a far more interesting film.
Looks interesting, but I can't help but feel that the agenda of the film will get annoying. I like when filmmakers have a strong message to put out, but it gets annoying when they go for the obvious message. And the timing of this film also seems a tad fishy to me. I can only hope that this is a film that explores beyond the message the trailer seems to evoke. That to me seems like it would make for a far more interesting film.
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12:32AM on 01/22/2013
Looks good.
Looks good.
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8:31PM on 01/21/2013

damn it looks pretty cool

I haven't watched sound of my voice yet but i think i will now. It'll be cool to see how they screw with rich f@$ks.
I haven't watched sound of my voice yet but i think i will now. It'll be cool to see how they screw with rich f@$ks.
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6:56PM on 01/21/2013

At first...

I was like grossss PG-13 and went to turn it off then the trailer just got really crazy out of nowhere. IDK how well it'll play out but I'll check it for sure.
I was like grossss PG-13 and went to turn it off then the trailer just got really crazy out of nowhere. IDK how well it'll play out but I'll check it for sure.
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4:02PM on 01/21/2013
This looks a lot more interesting than I would have thought.
This looks a lot more interesting than I would have thought.
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3:38PM on 01/21/2013
Funny, Page probably only comes up to Skarsgard's knee....
Funny, Page probably only comes up to Skarsgard's knee....
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3:27PM on 01/21/2013
Funny, Page probably only comes up to Skarsgard's knee....
Funny, Page probably only comes up to Skarsgard's knee....
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