Promised Land 2012 R CC

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(334) IMDb 6.6/10
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Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Frances McDormand star in this compelling drama about the strength of an American small town at a crossroads. From the director of Good Will Hunting.

Starring:
Matt Damon, John Krasinski
Runtime:
1 hour 48 minutes

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Promised Land

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Gus Van Sant
Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski
Supporting actors Terry Kinney, Carla Bianco, Joe Coyle, Hal Holbrook, Dorothy Silver, Frances McDormand, Titus Welliver, Lexi Cowan, Tim Guinee, Sara Lindsey, Frank Conforti, Garrett Ashbaugh, Jericho Morgan, Max Schuler, August G. Siciliano, Ken Strunk, Karen Baum, Gerri Bumbaugh
Studio Focus Features
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Not a bad movie.
slowrunner
Acting was good; story was good.
William Gustafson
Good job Matt Damon!
Andrea

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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on February 4, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a soft hitting environmental film. Steve Butler (Matt Damon) represents Global which wants to buy the gas drilling rights to a town. He is from a farming community, but can't drive a stick shift. He is also ill informed of the dangers of fracking. His partner is Sue (Frances McDormand) a working mom who tries to parent from Skype. In the town of Miller's Falls, they meet resistance from Frank (Hal Holbrook) the local science teacher and an environmental activist (John Krasinski).

Rob (Titus Welliver) who owns Rob's Guns and Groceries is sweet on Sue while flirty school teacher Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt) sparks Matt's love interest. The film uses stock cardboard characters to create a nice feel good tale. There is a twist at the end that wasn't too much of a shock. The farmer's have to decide if they want to sell the rights and risk losing their land to environmental poisoning, or wait and lose the land due to poverty as government subsidies dwindle and market prices fall. It is a gamble either way.

The film is not a documentary. It does inform the viewer what fracking is and why it poses danger, but doesn't drive it home to the point of turn off.

Parental Guide: f-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 25, 2013
Format: DVD
Interesting to note all the negative reviews for PROMISED LAND. Perhaps that is because people expected some big explosion of a story when all that is here is a bit of everyday happenings that accompany this country's struggle with environmental issues. It is a quiet film, exceedingly well written based on a story from Dave Eggers, by Matt Damon and Jon Krasinski who happen to also star in their brainchild - an honest, funny, entertaining, and sensitive tale in the way it plays out the issues and comes up with a surprise ending.

Corporate salesman for Global Enterprises Steve Butler (Matt Damon) arrives in a rural Pennsylvania town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand, in one of the finest performances in the film): the two enjoy a warmly written and quite unassuming relationship. Global is a company that drills (read `fracks') for natural gas as alternative fuel form to replace the degrading effects of oil and gasoline on the environment. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, Steve and Sue see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected MIT trained physicist and schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) and with support from a grassroots campaign led by a newly arrived likeable environmentalist Dustin Noble (Jon Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally. Some small town influences enter in the form of personal affairs: Steve is smitten by testy schoolteacher Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt) while Sue is attracted to shop owner Rob (Titus Welliver). Once Dustin smooth talks the town and places signs of dead cows on posters that cry out Global Go Home!
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Smail on April 18, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Promised Land (2012) - Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting), John Krasinski (The Office), Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Titus Welliver, Hal Holbrook

This film was an Oscar contender and is the first time Matt Damon has written a script since his Oscar win for Good Will Hunting. It centers around a ladder climber at a company called Global Crosspower Solutions, an energy company which deals in natural gas. He goes to a small town with his partner (Frances McDormand) in order to get the town to sign over rights so that his company may begin fracking for natural gas. He is surprised when he encounters resistance from the townsfolk, who are aided by an environmentalist with an axe to grind (Krasinski).

Should you buy it? At times the film can be a bit preachy. It's a well told story, with a couple of nice twists and ultimately a nice little character study. There are political undertones both overt and subtle which astute viewers can pick up on but which aren't 100% necessary to understand the very basic plot. I found it to be an enjoyable film with strong performances and quite a bit of witty banter. Overall, I'd recommend it as a purchase if you're a fan of character pieces and films that deal with complex real world issues. If not, this might be a firm "rent" movie. Solid follow up to GWH, but doesn't quite get to GWH's levels.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David R. Eastwood on August 21, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
FRACKING IS ONE OF at least 57 issues that sharply divide our country today. Obviously huge money is being made with it, and as most people already know (and the film doesn't mention) Vice President Dick Cheney arranged for frackers to have a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card before he left office.

PROMISED LAND (whose title has at least five different meanings, some secular and others with religious connotations) is NOT a film that was scripted, produced, and marketed to entertain people. Instead, it is a "film with an argument," a piece of "Deliberative Rhetoric" that presents a case against fracking so that its viewers will support anti-fracking politicians in Congress and in their state legislatures.

Matt Damon stars as a young man working for a large gas company, who travels to rural areas in the U.S. that are believed to contain substantial deposits of natural gas under them. With the help of an older woman (played well by Frances McDormand) he gets farmers to sell the rights to whatever gas is under their land. For much of the film his efforts in one community are opposed by an elderly school teacher (played by Hal Holbrook) and a young "environmentalist" (played by John Krasinski, who also co-scripted the film with Damon). And at the end not just one but TWO major plot twists occur ... which some viewers who are savvy about how scripts are written and how foreshadowing elements are planted in them will foresee at least half an hour earlier. The final few minutes will be mildly touching to some viewers but not much more to anyone.
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