Brit Marling is really making a lot of herself and becoming one of those names to get excited over. Between her work (in front and behind the camera) in films like ‘Another Earth’ and ‘The Sound of My Voice’, she is clearly one of those ‘ones to watch’ of this decade. She’s certainly more interesting than some of the talentless ‘bodies’ you see floating around magazine covers. With her latest entry, Marling once again proves that she has the smarts to not only craft an original piece of work but also the talent to carry it on her shoulders.
‘The East’ is possibly her most straightforward work so far, and so for that it may be deemed her least impressive and yet it is probably her most polished to date. Where ‘The Sound of My Voice’ felt somewhat avant-garde in tone, and ‘Another Earth’ felt entirely indie, there is something very grounded about ‘The East’. It feels very surefooted, which is a good thing, and even though the ending left me a tad underwhelmed (and yet, it was effective), there is a lasting presence here that is undeniable.