Written March 24, 2017
One of those activist movies (don't get me wrong, I'm an activist too!), but it wasn't interesting enough to suit me. I love Matt Damon, but I think his talents were wasted on this one.
Written December 10, 2016
Your seeing this movie in previews on television and in theater trailers and wondering what is about? Well here, I will sum it up for you. It is about big business's trying to move into a community to force it's residence out because they believe it is a natural gas resource and doing so by all out lying to the people. I can't believe I actually stayed a wake for this hunk of garbage. I will give you my attention grabbing lines for this film. "Matt Damon has never been worse", "Frances McDormant is a careless A-hole", "Hal Holbrook turns in a mesmerizing performance as Frank Yates" and "Sure to be a Razzie nominee. Don't waste your money on Promised Land. You will be wishing you can have your time and money back.
Written July 23, 2016
I honestly could not find a solid 10 mins or more in this movie to be "fufilling" or even somewhat entertaining. All jokes were predictable and the funniest stuff was the pickup line in the bar (which you can see for free in the trailer).
Don't bother. If you like Matt, then wait for DVD or Netflix streaming. Full price is a rip off for this one.
Written August 30, 2016
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 November 25, 2015
The Promised Land could have been an environmentalist vs corporations film, but Matt Damon made one for thinkers. Damon's character is "a good man" who tries to do good. He also portrays a character who does not come to easy answers about a complex issue. I highly recommend this film.