A small-town teacher stands up to a pair of drilling representatives who are determined to exploit the local resources, and receives some unexpected support as the community rallies to drive away the persistent interlopers in this drama from director Gus Van Sant. Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is a corporate salesman with a reputation for getting results. When the company he works for draws up plans to drill for natural gas in an economically depressed farming community, Steve and his partner (Frances McDormand) attempt to convince the locals that they have an opportunity to profit from the project. At first the locals are welcoming, but when venerable teacher Frank Yates (Hal Holbrook) voices objection, concerned locals Dustin (John Krasinski) and Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt) help to launch an effective grassroots campaign against the drilling. In addition to co-producing and co-starring in Promised Land, Damon and Krasinski also collaborated on the screenplay for the film, adapted from a story by Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are, Away We Go). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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A good solid film with great performances from everyone especially
Matt Damon and Frances McDormand.
The movie does a good job explaining both sides of the 'fracking" controversy and lets you make up your mind for yourself.
The movie has a good run time and doesn't get bogged down with a lot of unncessary story lines. Well done !
Sets well as a thoughtful movie. Don't know if I trust it as the small towners I know are not so engaged with each other and that seemed a bit phony, still thought well of the movie next day. Frankly don't trust anyone on this stuff. We are all owned.