Fox Searchlight Pictures | Release Date: May 31, 2013
7.8
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Generally favorable reviews based on 124 Ratings
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shaunmedSep 15, 2013
this movie was beyond bad. awful stereotyped characters, poor editing, weak story line. i have never seen such a disparity between scores and actually how terrible the movie was.
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warfieldDec 7, 2013
For about first 10 minutes seems promising, then becomes a polished amateur film-course project with the backing of, and participation of, some experienced professionals.
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crayvenSep 5, 2013
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I really like movies that take on the corporate structure and by the trailer, you'd thins one does. And you wouldn't be disappointed if you are shallow and half only half a brain cell.
Jane's character is terrible, she lives with her effeminate boyfriend who seems more like a dog than a man. Then we move on to the rag-tag band of "revolutionaries" each with a grudge against the system. And for a while you sympathize with them until you notice the quirks. There are so many stereotypes in this movie it should be called "TV stereotypes the movie".
The hacker is fat, the doctor is a nerd with glasses wow original the leader is the macho guy who would have guessed one of them seems to motivate her action not by corporate malice but because she seems to want revenge against her dad dafuq.
And finally we hafve the super -secret agent Jane, who is so unlikeable it's not even funny anymore.
She is bland and acts well as a 'serious' character, but as a hobo, not even close. Characters seem to forget what happened to them 10 minutes ago and generally react totally un-natural to their environment like they are bad actors on a stage.
And finally the icing on the cake for this fiasco, the ending.

Watch the ending speech, in the Mercedes between the two she is making the same apology as people who claim Manning and Snowden should have shut up and kept quiet because "it exposes the system".
And then it hit me. This whole speech is PROPAGANDA.

And of course while the credits roll she is seen heroically reasoning with cold hardened hired professionals who what else are they known for if their affectionate side that corporations are bad and ...stuff.
Some might wonder is this "Jane" living in her own head? In reality most of these people know EXACTLY well what they defend and they just don't care as long as the pay check comes on the table.
They are like mercenaries with no morality or substance.
Just like this movie.
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InsaneSamuraiOct 14, 2013
Had a wonderful baseline for a good movie, and they wasted it on a relationship. If you're gonna make a movie for people who want to see dating, why even bother with trying to draw the rest of us in with an interesting plot that ultimatelyHad a wonderful baseline for a good movie, and they wasted it on a relationship. If you're gonna make a movie for people who want to see dating, why even bother with trying to draw the rest of us in with an interesting plot that ultimately doesn't matter? Expand
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Cham93Nov 5, 2013
Terrible, no discernable character arch. Stereotypes galore, bored un-enigmatic writing. Truly did not enjoy any of this movie. It could have been good. But it really felt pointless.
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John935May 4, 2016
Evil corporations aided by evil security firm that employs star Marling who infiltrates well-intentioned but evil-prone eco-terrorists. Predictably she's attracted to star Alexsander and gets all confused about where her true loyalties lie.Evil corporations aided by evil security firm that employs star Marling who infiltrates well-intentioned but evil-prone eco-terrorists. Predictably she's attracted to star Alexsander and gets all confused about where her true loyalties lie. Basically she stays confused for The East's running length. The eco-terrorists are semi-sympathetically drawn and Julia Ormond is great in a small role as a corporate baddie who 'turns' (with good reason). The whole endeavor is semi-stimulating and I guarantee you have seen worse. But in its lame attempt to sort out ethics and morality the film feels like an opportunity mostly missed. Expand
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