Rated R · 106 minutes · 2013

Just what the hell is this film trying to say? Matt Damon plays a corporate man who goes to a small farming town to buy up their land for natural gas mining. His corporation intends to utilize fracking, a drilling method that cracks stone far beneath the Earth’s surface and releases natural gas. It’s a method with some known environmental side effects, and I think this movie is preaching against it. Or is it? In the end, the film seems more concerned with salvaging the Damon character as virtuous rather than tackling the bigger questions it seems to be asking. John Krasinski, who co-wrote the screenplay with Damon, also plays a strange, strange character in the movie who serves to do nothing but puzzle the viewer. Damon was supposed to direct, but had to call upon friend Gus Van Sant to take over. The result is the second bad film in a row from Van Sant (after Restless), normally a very reliable director.

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Official Site: www.promisedlandthefilm.com
Director: Gus Van Sant
Producer: Chris Moore, Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Gus Van Sant, Ron Schmidt, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King
Cast: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Lucas Black, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver, Terry Kinney, Tim Guinee, Dorothy Silver, Joe Coyle, Sara Lindsey, Ken Strunk, Karen Baum, Johnny Cicco, Kristin Slaysman, Carrington Vaughn and Cain Alexander


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Boise Weekly A Promise Keeper and a New Dealer Both now playing at The Flicks by George Prentice 01/02/2013
Arkansas Times A fracking feature Damon's 'Promised Land' avoids polemic. by Sam Eifling 01/02/2013
Creative Loafing Atlanta Matt Damon goes good will fracking in Promised Land The environmental drama fails to spark the natural gas debate by Curt Holman 12/26/2012
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Colorado Springs Independent What the frack? Promised Land The script gives us a protagonist who's not self-evidently in need of redemption, nor does he appear to be a stooge with blinders on. by Scott Renshaw 01/02/2013
Style Weekly Movie Review: "Promised Land" This environmental drama drills into the complex fossil-fuel debate. by Wayne Melton 01/22/2013
The Coast Halifax Promised Land Environmentalist film features characters that could use a little more effort by Jacob Boon 01/10/2013
Portland Mercury Hollywood Thinks You're Dumb Promised Land is frustratingly close to great. by Alison Hallett 12/26/2012
Indy Week Matt Damon's anti-fracking Promised Land It's hard to achieve high-minded aims using this single-minded script, acting and filmmaking acumen. by Neil Morris 01/02/2013
Memphis Flyer Promised Land Good performances undercut by phony resolution in would-be fracking exposé. by Chris Herrington 01/03/2013

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