rare nowadays but historically speaking their best shots are usually in something like Screenplay.
But this sure is a strong mainstream calling card for its writer/director Zal Batmanglij.
Though isn't always surprising as it plays with expected suspense and political thriller tropes, it is always engrossing which is more than most films can say.
I was with it right from its opening scene up until the frankly terrible flash-forward style ending which gets cold feet about the previously hopeless nihilism and fascinating moral thickets.
The ensemble work is quite strong across the board but I admit that I didn't know quite what to make of the blonde charisma (gap?
But, here's a little secret about me (and I suspect most critics): I don't have a clearcut opinion. Here are two blondes I've been staring at intensely lately: Alexander Skarsgård & Brit Marling.
They are also busy staring intensely at each other in the eco-terrorism thriller THE EASTThis thriller hitches a ride with an undercover FBI agent (Brit Marling) as she infiltrates an eco-terrorist cult of sorts.
) collision between Skarsgård, who as in, is both unbearably sexy and weirdly docile considering all the bite in his bark, and Marling.