"Learning to Drive" is a lesson in less offering more: more three-dimensional characters, more humanity, and more absolutely charming entertainment. A quick opening scene establishes Darwan as a calm, capable driving instructor. Switching to his nighttime taxi job, Darwan is then jolted by Wendy and her soon-to-be ex-husband who jump into his cab in shrill conflict.
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.