Sunday, May 26, 2013

Promised Land 2012

     Steve and Sue are sent by Global Crosspower Solutions to buy up the rights to drill for natural gas in an economically depressed farming community.  Their first snag is a teacher stands up in their first meeting and expresses his concerns about the process of fracking.  It turns out he is retired and just teaching to fill some time and has been a successful and award winning engineer.  Things are not going well but some of the farmers are willing to sign up because they need the money.  Dustin comes into town and starts a grassroots campaign against Global.  He talks about losing his family farm that they had owned for generations but lost in 9 months after they sold their rights.
     There is a twist in this film that you don’t see coming that changes everything.  Before this change you are convinced everything will go one way.  This seems weak and slightly boring in the sections before the twist.   

107 min, Drama directed by Gus Van Sant with Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy.

Blockbuster 3 ½*, imdb 6.5 out of 10, 51% critic 43% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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