HERE IS A MOVIE, STILL IN THE THEATERS, FOR YOU!
The East, which refers to the name of an anarchist collective whose members work to insure that various corporate wrongdoers experience the effects of their damage in the most direct ways possible. As in having THEIR OWN MANSIONS DAMAGED by the oil they don’t mind spilling into humanity’s waterways; THEIR OWN STOMACHS INGEST their own toxic substances; having THEIR OWN BODIES EXPOSED to their own super-fund sites before clean-up.
Now you may or may not be the type drawn to this type of schadenfreude, but there’s more. Life inside the collective, for example, is neither idealized nor dishonored by stupid stereotype. Instead, the oddities of the members’ rituals attract and disturb in just about equal measure.
Throughout all this there’s one hella strong woman (Brit Marling, the star, writer AND producer of this movie), sent in as a spy, who gets caught in the midst of it all. She’s terrific as she juggles boyfriends, ethics and bare survival between both worlds.
Go see this movie. It is both entertaining and thought-provoking–a rare combination. You will emerge in a contemplative mood about extreme measures believed by some to be necessary to stop the run-away unsustainable exploitation of the earth and its inhabitants.
Okay, I wasn’t going to go because I don’t do well with violent/thriller type movies, but since it’s at my local theater and you’ve given it a shout out, I’ll try to get there before it leaves!
Let me know what you think if you see it. Throw up another comment, or, better yet, call me!
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Thanks for the compliment, James.
I saw the movie last night, thanks to your review. Really good — both the review and the movie. The movie has a very humanistic angle and the collective isn’t made out to be a cult.
Oh, thanks for this nice comment, Tory. Now that some folks are actually seeing the movie on my recommendation, it dawns on me–what if you didn’t like it? Would I be some sort of fool?? Nah–just a person with my own strong opinions. But ours mesh often, it seems…