To sample a spy thriller thatâ€™s a UK-US collaboration, watch The East online. The film is centered on an operative named Jane who works for Hiller Brood, a private intelligence agency. While â€˜The Eastâ€™ is the title of the film it is also the name of the organization that Jane is sent by her boss to spy on. This organization is involved in activism especially on ecological matters. As an anarchist organization it is also responsible for a number of attacks against corrupt corporations.
For her spying mission, Jane takes on the name Sarah. When she gets acquainted with some drifters she realizes that one of them, Luca, is a member of The East when she spots a symbol of the organization in his vehicleâ€™s mirror. Sarah deliberately injures herself in a bid to make him get her medical assistance. Luca unwittingly leads her a hideout for members of the organization. Sarah is allowed to stay as she recovers.
One evening Sarah is found snooping by one of The Eastâ€™s members who goes by the name of Eve. Eve also happens to be deaf and the two have to communicate by sign language. Sarah owns up to being a spy and then goes on to make a threat to have Eve jailed if she does not quit The East. The next morning Eve leaves and this gives Sarah the opportunity to join the group as a member since thereâ€™s now a vacancy!
Sarah goes on to discover the inner workings of the group. But instead of outing them she begins to see things their way. Will Jane fulfill her mission she was tasked with?