Where's the SciFi in This Pile of Hippies? The East Trailer

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Where's the SciFi in This Pile of Hippies? The East Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 22, 2013 | Comments ()


Back in 2011, Brit Marling teamed up with Zal Batmanglij (whose name is Polish for "Batman-typo") to produce the fantastic Sound of My Voice, and then with Mike Cahill for Another Earth. Then there was that turn in Arbitrage, the unofficial sequel to Pretty Woman, which just sort of confused me. There was no science fiction in it. Unless it was science fiction so deep that it only appeared to be the contemporary world. Like, whoa.

So I was very excited to see Batmanglij and Marling back together for a film, and the fact that they're taking it to Sundance was the icing on the cake. Not because I'm anywhere near Sundance (Seth plays so fast and loose with getting restraining orders), but because that's where the first two films debuted. Then I saw the trailer and got confused again:

So we've got Ellen Page voicing some threats, that one guy from "Leverage", and Alexander Skarsgård apparently continuing the trend he began in Battleship of taking roles that involve wearing shirts.

Early reviews for The East have been positive, and in particular have highlighted Batmanglij's direction, but I remain suspicious. Unless there's a twist and Skarsgård is a cyborg from the future, I could get on board with that. Otherwise, it just feels like Hippies with Guns, and I'd rather just wait for the musical.

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  • Wes

    eco-Fight Club

  • OldSchool60

    Hippies With Guns 2: Electric Boogaloo
    The Musical

  • lowercase_ryan

    Vigilante justice for social wrongs perpetrated by an elitist class?? MOG I have the biggest boner right now.Can't wait to see this.

  • What's intriguing to me is not the Sci-Fi question so much as just how simple this sort of action could be to pull off. I mean, shit, we got poisons in everything and guns everywhere. It just wouldn't be that hard to strike with bio/chem badness on select, targeted corporate types. I'd finish typing this, but the Google has just turned me in....

  • Lotney

    Emma Watson needs to shave her pimp mustache.

  • Color me confused as to why you expect The East should be sci fi.
    BTW, have your correspondents even seen The East? I haven't heard talk of it around here, although Brit Marling's cow pants got a mention.

  • Robert

    The East has been called "Brit Marling's next sci-fi film" for months. Hence the sci-fi expectations.

  • Thanks for the explanation. I never heard any of the sci-fi talk.

  • Seth

    I saw it. Amanda is seeing it in 20 minutes. It's good. Review forthcoming.

  • Great! Looking forward to it.

    [I take an embarrassingly proprietary interest in Skarsgard's career. In my defense I've also developed a keen interest in Brit Marling.]

  • Robert

    I see lots of involuntary injections, l33t h4x0rs, and pseudo-technology in the background. Sound of My Voice didn't look like traditional sci-fi, either, but it was, too. And the Another Earth trailer looked very moody indie except for the brief shots of the second earth in the sky. Marling doesn't write traditional sci-fi and that's a good thing.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I thought Arbitrage was quite sci-fi-y. After all, what possible real-life technology could have brought Richard Gere back to the realm of the relevant?

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