Equality is all Laurel Hester wants in 2002 Seaside Heights, New Jersey. She has served the county for years, an exemplary police detective, who's felt the need to hide the fact that she's a lesbian, even from her police partner. A diagnosis of terminal cancer and her desire to bequeath her pension benefits to her domestic partner will change everything.
Mainstream films avoid politically charged topics, reluctant to alienate any potential audience. By refreshing contrast, "The East" makes no bones about its eco-terrorism agenda from the opening seconds to the closing credits. Though it doesn't explicitly attack real corporations' environmental destruction, it does attack the immorality and hypocrisy of the fictionalized self-indulgent wealthy who kill and maim.