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[[caption-width-right:300:"Lie to us, we'll lie to you. Poison us, we'll poison you."]]
'''The East''' is an eco-thriller released in 2013, written by Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, starring Brit Marling, [[Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard Alexander Skarsgard]], EllenPage and Shiloh Fernandez.

Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) is an operative working for a private intelligence firm who is assigned to infiltrate an anarchist collective [[TitleDrop named The East]], known for carrying out covert attacks on major corporations. Living among 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 unofficial leader.

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!! This film provides examples of:

* TheAtoner: The first jam is initiated by Doc, and consists of feeding a pharmaceutical company some of it's own medicine. Doc prescribed this medicine as an antimalarial to his sister while she was working in Kenya. She suffered brain damage so bad she killed herself. Then he used the medicine on himself and became plagued by seizures and other deteriorations in health.
* AfterActionHealingDrama: After [[spoiler:Izzy gets shot by security guards while escaping after the second jam, Doc has to guide Sarah through removing the bullet because his hands are shaking too badly to remove it himself. While Sarah is successful in removing the bullet, Izzy dies anyway.]]
* ArcWords: Makes use of them liberally.
** ''"We are The East. We don’t care how rich you are. We want all those who’re guilty to experience the terror of their crime. It’s easy when it’s not your life. Easy when it’s not your home. But when it’s your fault, it shouldn’t be so easy to sleep at night — especially when we know where you live. Lie to us, we’ll lie to you. Spy on us, we’ll spy on you. Poison us, we’ll poison you."''
** ''"THE EAST IS EVERYWHERE"''
* AttemptedRape: Porty tries this once Sarah's in a room alone with him, but [[GroinAttack she quickly takes him down]].
* BadassBoast:
-->'''Sharon''': Who should I choose ?\\
'''Sarah''': Me. I'm unexpected. Being unexpected is the only advantage that matters.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Benji, before the first jam.
* BecomingTheMask: Sarah's boss notes that some degree of this is normal for an undercover agent, but Sarah goes just about all the way in.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Tess.
* BilingualBonus: A lot of the sign language between Sarah and Eve is untranslated.
* BiTheWay: Most of the sexual chemistry in the East is same-sex, but Benji is the only one who seems to be open in both directions. He freely gives Luca a romantic kiss on request, kisses Tess on her belly button and has sex with Sarah.
* BlackAndGrayMorality
* DefrostingIceQueen: Izzy.
* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:Izzy is buried with her eyes wide open]].
* DropDeadGorgeous: [[spoiler:Izzy is buried naked]].
* EnforcedMethodActing: The crew sometimes slept altogether, thirty in one room, huddled for warmth.
* [[{{Hipster}} Hipsters]]: The East looks superficially like a bunch of hipsters, though they don't seem to consume any pop culture and Sarah specifically notes that they don't smoke pot.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Izzy tries to guide Sarah in gutting a dear, but she fails. Sarah later must [[spoiler:cut open Izzy's stomach under the direction of Doc. She manages to remove the bullet, but Izzy dies anyway]].
* GreenAesop: While Sarah ultimately rejects the East's extreme methods, she does become a crusader for environmental protection.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The East give the pharmaceutical corporation leaders a literal taste of their own medicine.
* {{Homage}}: The dinner test they play on Sarah is taken from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_long_spoons the allegory of the long spoons]].
* TheInfiltration
* InLoveWithTheMark: Sarah for Benji.
* InstantSedation: [[spoiler:Izzy]] puts a man to sleep in a few seconds with what is clearly an intramuscular injection.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The East wear masks of their enemies several times, which makes them look creepy, though they themselves are morally ambiguous.
* TheMedic: Fittingly nicknamed Doc.
* OnlyTheWorthyMayPass: As an entry test, Sarah is put through a version of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory_of_the_long_spoons allegory of the long spoons]]: She has to wear a straight jacket and eat without her hands. She attempts to eat like a dog, but then sees the others holding the spoon in their mouths for each other, resulting in her first discovery of the selflessness of The East.
* OpenHeartDentistry: Sarah must perform surgery under the direction of Doc, whose hands are too shaky to do it himself.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: ''"Lie to us, we'll lie to you. Spy on us, we'll spy on you. Poison us, we'll poison you."''
* PlayfulHacker: Tess.
* SheCleansUpNicely: The East in general, but Sarah/Jane reacts most strongly to Benji.
* SpyFiction
* TheUnfettered: Izzy.
* WeHaveToGetTheBulletOut: After [[spoiler: Izzy]] is shot. [[spoiler: Subverted; she dies anyway.]]
* WesternTerrorists
* WhiteMaskOfDoom: The East wear black-and-white prints of their marks' faces, with "guilty" scrawled over their foreheads.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Luca.
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