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Promised Land R

2012 ▪ Drama ▪ 106 Minutes

Directed by Gus Van Sant. Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Hal Holbrook.

A small-town teacher stands up to a pair of drilling representatives who are determined to exploit the local resources, and receives some unexpected support as the community rallies to drive away the persistent interlopers in this drama from director Gus Van Sant. Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is a corporate salesman with a reputation for getting results. When the company he works for draws up plans to drill for natural gas in an economically depressed farming community, Steve and his partner (Frances McDormand) attempt to convince the locals that they have an opportunity to profit from the project. At first the locals are welcoming, but when venerable teacher Frank Yates (Hal Holbrook) voices objection, concerned locals Dustin (John Krasinski) and Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt) help to launch an effective grassroots campaign against the drilling. In addition to co-producing and co-starring in Promised Land, Damon and Krasinski also collaborated on the screenplay for the film, adapted from a story by Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are, Away We Go).

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by goldensylph
on 1/ 5/13

If you haven't been hiding under a rock, you will know the science behind this all too real playout of what is currently happening in western New York regarding towns accepting the $$$ that come with fracking and then are stuck with the horrific results of their land's destruction and poisoning. Wish the film had been more powerful (plot, script and pacing problems).Gasland, the documentary, said it all. But the film is timely and the information necessary to get to those who might be in a position to take dollars for the opportunity to be poisoned. Promised Land comes in as a third level film about fracking, though Matt Damon and Hal Holbrook are excellent and it was refreshing to see John K. in this role. The film makes a few important points beyond an anti-fracking viewpoint. Will not give them away. You'll have to see it for yourself. PS...I've rated it 3 STARS, not 4.

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