Written December 29, 2012
I have a house in upstate NY in a small town just like the one portrayed in Promised Land. I thought the portrayal of the people and the politics was right on. I am a low key activist in the anti-fracking movement, and while this movie has its flaws, it does describe what's happening in the regions of the country that have Marcellus and Utica shale. The big gas companies are trying to take advantage of the poverty in these areas, and dangle the prospect of huge prospects in front of the noses of the people who are struggling the hardest. The reality is that some do get very rich, but the companies do not explain that your property - and perhaps your neighbors' as well, becomes toxified. The water supplies become polluted, and stream down into reservoirs that supply New York City and other regions. There is much more to know - seeing this movie will get your feet wet.
Written January 05, 2013
i thought it was quite boring and was disappointed in Matt Damon's performance. Used to seeing him in rather exciting movies, like the Bourne Series, where the plot and action carry you along.
In this movie he seemed to be sort of short and overweight, with a paunch, and certainly not handsome. Also did not project any real personality.
The movie really just confirms America's opinion of Big Business as totally corrupt and immoral. They would do anything to make more millions.
Very lack luster movie.
Written June 27, 2013
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Written January 07, 2013
This movie could have been written by middle schoolers.....high-school kids could have done better, for sure. There was no advocacy for EITHER side of fracking, no facts or information provided, absolutely NOTHING compelling about any of it. Worst movie I have seen in a long time...first one I wanted to walk out on before it ended.
Save your money AND your time.
Written September 18, 2014
On a 1 to 10 scale I rate this movie a 6. Good plot. Would be alright to wait for video on this one.