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Movie Review

Going undercover in ‘The East’

‘The East” is a breathlessly watchable eco-thriller that’s never quite sure who its heroes are. The villains are easy enough to spot: oil company CEOs unconcerned about spills that destroy entire coastlines, pharmaceutical corporations rushing untested drugs to market, power companies that poison local communities.

Against them, the film envisions a small, angry band of idealists who call themselves The East and strike back with “jams,” like filling the oil company CEO’s house with his own crude. And against them is Jane Owen (Brit Marling), a dewy young operative for a private consulting company who is sent to infiltrate the group.

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