Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 116 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 14+. The film is about a group of eco-terrorists, so the violence in the film is related to that: some beating and stabbing, a brief glimpse of a corpse, some surgery and cutting open an animal; there’s also some kissing, a non-sexual butt, and some sexually themed humor; cursing; and discussion of drinking and drug use.
How much does it take to lose yourself in an idea? Questioning the steadfastness of groupthink morals and ethical convictions is at the heart of ‘The East,’ a mostly good thriller about a group of eco-terrorists. Until the film loses its way in the end, it’s intriguing enough.
By Roxana Hadadi
If you’re a member of a group, at what point do you become so much of them that you’re no longer you? “The East” throws a corporate spy into a group of eco-terrorists and waits for an explosion, and for the most part, the thriller works, even if it follows the usual Stockholm syndrome format we so often see in these kinds of espionage-infiltration movies. If only director Zal Batmanglij and his co-writer and star Brit Marling could have stuck the landing and finished strong, “The East” would have been more exemplary than expected.