The East presents timely moral quandaries by taking on a topical subject but gets too caught up in its heroine’s journey to make a memorable statement.
The East tackles the age-old debate of questionable means for social justice by focusing on extreme environmentalists.
The film follows Sarah Moss’s journey as she gets pulled in two opposite directions – a secure job with a forgettable boyfriend or an exclusive membership in an Eco-terrorist group she’s sent to expose with a magnetic leader.
While the film never loses sight of the human element and the cast delivers a good performance, the problem is it focuses too much on the lead. The plot is skewed in the environmentalists’ favor. It doesn’t back up the impunity of the corporations it’s against.
In an age when the cesspool that is 4Chan can get people’s personal details by hacking, surely giant corporations have plenty of resources to investigate a YouTube video and food poisoning in a private event. But fixing implausibilities such as this would cut into the time spent on Moss.
And that’s the main problem. It chucks aside its promising premise for a conventional heroine’s journey.
The East is well directed and thoughtful, but generic and forgettable.
The East presents timely moral quandaries by taking on a topical subject but gets too caught up in its heroine's journey to make a memorable statement.