Written January 13, 2013
Promised Land is a good movie for understanding the many sides of the natural gas fracking issue. Unfortunately, the movie is laced with cliches, from the big bad corporate entity to the frumpy old retired scientist returned to his childhood home. The ending plot twist, while a complete surprise, is so unbelievable as to actually be a letdown. Matt Damon gives his usual fine "earnest guy" portrayal and the movie does offer an interesting insight into a rural America that is quickly ending. But, I was expecting a lot better plot line that what the movie gave.
Written July 30, 2015
will you inspire discussion, debate and an exchange of ideas?
Promised Land pretends that it isn't taking sides, and, as a result it may not be as interesting as it might be. The ways to manipulate "us" are clearly outlined, the actors do a creditable job with the script, and the question about how far corporations in America are allowed to go, although clearly defined, are not addressed. In fact, there's not really a question, just a sorry outcome.
The movie's message seems to be that no matter how far we, as consumers go, the corporation will go further, and we will always end up on the short end of the bargin. There is always another patsy to take a corporate sales position and sell us a bill of goods.
At a time when we are all asking questions about these things, would it have been a welcome challenge to have something that inspired us to find answers, rather than just another vehicle to showcase the vast talents of Matt Damon?
Written May 06, 2015
A movie with Matt Damon always seems to be a win win movie with him as as an actor and the story line; with this movie it is much the same. Being retired from the oil and gas profession I could see somewhat of a reality with the storyline mixed with a love Steve Butler had for the small town atmosphere as well as a connection with the girl he met. I did feel anger when the so called environmentalist did the demonstrationin the class room, as being from the oil and gas community I knew it was just wrong and almost an insult. My biggest criticism is Matt Damon is a very likeable character which I am sure he is both on and off the screen, however some of the language he uses changes the projection somewhat. I beieve if we are to set an example for our children certainly the Lord's name in vain should be eliminated from the movie as well as other disrespectful slang. Over all I thought it was a very good movie and very much enjoyed. Four thumbs up here on a scale of five.
Written September 17, 2014
WHILE I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE TO INFORM THEMSELVES OF THE DANGERS TO OUR LAND FROM FRACKING FOR NATURAL GAS
AND THE ACTING WAS SUPERB, I FOUND THE SCRIPT NOT TO BE ENGAGING; COULD BE THE CHARACTERS WERE UNDERDEVELOPED. A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT FROM SUCH AMAZING TALENT.
Written May 24, 2015
A well-made film with an attractive cast that makes a case against the fracking extraction of domestic natural gas. The case is made in the context of dishonest manipulation by an immensely wealthy corporation, but without discussion of the brief mention in the credits of film financing from Abu Dhabi, a major oil exporter. Until/unless the credits are altered to give full direct dislosure & discussion of the financing I recommend against the film.