Spy thriller sees Sarah (Brit Marling), an elite private intelligence operative, juggling shifting priorities when she infiltrates an eco-terrorist group who are targeting major corporations. Co-stars Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson.The East is the second flirtation between Marling (also co-writer) and director Zal Batmanglij, following 2012’s similarly infiltration-themed Sound of My Voice.
Sarah completes her first task with apparent ease, joining organisation The East. Once among them, she discovers the group’s agenda of punishing morally corrupt corporations to be in line with her own ethical compass, although she opposes their methods. While remaining distant from The East’s actions, Sarah gradually ingratiates herself with the group’s members, particularly with their leader Benji (Alexander Skarsgård), setting up a delicate conclusion that puts her loyalties under question.