‘The East’ Trailer and Poster: Anarchy Versus Corporate Greed

Published 2 years ago by

With the Sundance Film Festival currently in full swing, audiences are getting first looks at many of this year’s potential indie darlings and breakout hits. Since being founded in 1985, the festival has given much-deserved exposure to hundreds of small films and this year we can add Before Midnight, Don Jon’s Addiction jOBS and Zal Batmanglij’s latest, The East to that list.

Anticipation for Batmanglij’s follow-up to his critically well-received 2011 debut feature Sound of My Voice is only beginning to ramp up after the film’s premiere at Sundance and the release of its first trailer, which you can check out above.

The trailer packs a wealth of dark imagery into its minute-long run-time, depicting an extreme and possibly violent environmental group planning some sort of attack against select corporate conglomerates. The music and the voice-over add another layer of foreboding dread to the film’s debut clip.

Much like with Batmanglij’s previous film, The East has slowly garnered some attention with an excellent and youthful cast–headlined by Ellen Page (Juno), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) and Sound of My Voice star Brit Marling–as well as an intriguing premise. Here’s the official synopsis and poster for the film:

In THE EAST, Sarah Moss (Marling) is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Living amongst them in an effort to get closer to their members, Sarah finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds as she starts to fall in love with the group’s charismatic leader, finding her life and her priorities irrevocably changed.


poster xlarge The East Trailer and Poster: Anarchy Versus Corporate Greed

The East seems similar to Sound of My Voice in many respects–most notably the cult theme and visual style–and although it’s received strong early reviews so far, some critics have noted that The East is more of a genre film than his first effort – serving as more of a tightly-wound political thriller than art house film – which isn’t necessarily a knock on it at all. In fact, a more conventional-style telling could serve the film well, since Sound of My Voice‘s ending was a bit controversial in terms of its unconventional approach to closure.

Either way, the short trailer has definitely achieved what a trailer sets out to; It’s hooked us with mystery, intrigue, a talented cast – and best of all, it hasn’t given too much away.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

Follow Daniel Johnson on Twitter @UODanJohnson
TAGS: The east
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. oh there’s a poster as well? yay :) this is one of my most anticipated movies this year! can’t wait!

  2. Hey, remember those Occupy Wall Street degenerates? Here’s their movie!
    Looks terrible.

    • Hahaha you’re right! This does look awesome! Good comment!

    • Agreed, looks bad and I hated the Occupy movement too so bad movie + idiots protesting then falsely claiming police brutality = me not watching.

      Which is a shame because I like Ellen Page and if Brit Marling was the lead in Another Earth, I thought that movie was ok too and would’ve liked to see her in more things than just that.

  3. What I dont understand is why people at Screenrant need to drop Batman in almost every article…………

    • Where is batman sta

      • Zal Batmanglij’s


  4. Creepy trailer

    I’m going to watch this because Ellen Page is to sexy

  5. Looks like this movie was definitely inspired by the Occupy movement and the Anonymous collective.

  6. In my opinion, Ellen Page has one of the most perfect foreheads! :D

  7. Good premise, spoiled by over-hyped yawn-fest Ellen Page doing her narco-hipster thing.
    Is there, truly, no God?

  8. We can no longer let you drive us toward extinction in your insane quest of power and unquenchable shallow greed. We have awoken. Wake up people.
    Expect us.

  9. Oh my god oh my god oh my god here comes the rant- ANARCHISTS DON’T HAVE LEADERS. NONE AT ALL. Anarchism has anti-authoritarianism at its core. Batmanglij and Marling spent two months with an anarchist collective and they didn’t grasp that? DO SOME RESEARCH PEOPLE.

    This film is only going to further the myth that anarchy = chaos, instead of anarchy= order.