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    September 30, 2016

    The East is a 2013 film written by and starring Brit Marling, and co-starring Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page. It's rated PG-13 and has a running time of 116 minutes.

    The story follows Jane, who works for an intelligence agency. She is sent to infiltrate an ecoterrorist organization known as The East, who have become notorious for their deeds against massive corporations. They are run by charismatic and handsome leader Benji, who Jane instantly becomes enamoured with. As Jane becomes further involved with The East, lines start to become blurred and her life will never be the same again.

    The topic of ecoterrorism is not a common one in film, so I felt that the subject matter, while realistic and relevant, was something different. I was pleasantly surprised at how genuinely interesting and thrilling this film was. It's not fast-paced by any means, but it's gripping, and it kept my attention the whole way through.

    The acting is very good. Brit Marling has become a favourite of mine, not just because of her on-screen presence but also due to the fact that she writes unique and intelligent films. I think she has a great career ahead of her.

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