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Promised Land [DVD] [2012]

Matt Damon , Frances McDormand , Gus Van Sant    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jan 2014
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009T6BJ1K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,753 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Promised Land is the new contemporary drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk). Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company's expansion plans.

With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt).

Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Watching this Film 11 May 2014
Nicely paced storyline with a neat twist towards the end.

The main theme of the film revolves around Damon's character increasingly struggling to reconcile his actions as an employee of a large US corporation with his experience of growing up in a small farming town. His innate understanding of the consequences of his - and the corporation's - actions, on people that he can so readily relate to, increasingly trouble his conscience.

The portrayal of the Environmental Campaigner by John Krasinski (who co-wrote the script with Damon) was unsubtle at times, with many of his scenes clearly building towards an obvious 'too good to be true' conclusion. however, this was redeemed by a nice twist in the conclusion of the film.

The film will no doubt be too slow for many, as it doesn't contain an action scene every 10 mins, but it was a rewarding foray into a tricky and very topical subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE MADNESS 5 May 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a soft hitting environmental film. Steve Butler (Matt Damon) represents Global which wants to buy the gas drilling rights to a town. He is from a farming community, but can't drive a stick shift. He is also ill informed of the dangers of fracking. His partner is Sue (Frances McDormand) a working mom who tries to parent from Skype. In the town of Miller's Falls, they meet resistance from Frank (Hal Holbrook) the local science teacher and an environmental activist (John Krasinski).

Rob (Titus Welliver) who owns Rob's Guns and Groceries is sweet on Sue while flirty school teacher Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt) sparks Matt's love interest. The film uses stock cardboard characters to create a nice feel good tale. There is a twist at the end that wasn't too much of a shock. The farmer's have to decide if they want to sell the rights and risk losing their land to environmental poisoning, or wait and lose the land due to poverty as government subsidies dwindle and market prices fall. It is a gamble either way.

The film is not a documentary. It does inform the viewer what fracking is and why it poses danger, but doesn't drive it home to the point of turn off.

Parental Guide: f-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too refractory 29 April 2013
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich but not nearly as effective, this is one of those dramas on a topical environmental theme. Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, a salesman whose success in persuading hard-up American farmers to sign contracts with a major fracking company is based on personal experience. When the closure of a caterpillar assembly plant brought depression to his own home town, it was the cheques from a fracking firm's gas extraction that gave the local farmers the opportunity to buy their kids a decent education and escape to a better life.

Inevitably, the time comes when Steve encounters major local opposition. Although it is surprising that he and his pragmatic female colleague Sue Thomason seem so ill-prepared for this, the drama develops quite well, managing to portray the pair as both sympathetic and morally compromised. Despite other reviewers' criticisms of the ending, I found it contained a neat twist which prevented the film from ending up too corny or predictable.

There are entertaining scenes and wry touches but, perhaps because fracking is a dry subject, some incidents seemed pointless padding intended to "lighten things up" yet missing the mark. The direction struck me as wooden at times, and I often felt unengaged, although interested in the issue.

A sense of rural America comes across strongly. I particularly liked the homemade shop sign proclaiming, "Guns, Groceries, Guitars and Gas". The use of folky-sounding music in the background which proved to be Milk Carton Kids' tracks like "Snake Eyes" proved a welcome discovery.

I was left feeling this was a missed opportunity to create what could have been a gripping film, with the relationships between the main characters and the arguments on both sides more strongly developed. It was as if the director was scared of boring the audience and, lacking the courage of his convictions, undestimated them.
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Throughly enjoyable with a twist I never saw coming 3 terrific performance from the A listers.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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this film has to be the best film we have watched in avery long time the whole cast great
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3.0 out of 5 stars COULD THIS OCCUR SOON IN THE UK ? 5 Jun 2014
With all the talk recently about fracking and the possibility of gold under the green fields of England there are a few prospectors already in Westminster only to anxious to start boring !
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is no Erin Brockovich 6 May 2014
Matt Damon does a good job as usual, but he can't save what ultimately is a weak plot. A true story should sit at the heart of this tale. But there's not. Instead, the director throws some weak science at us and the cliche of the evil corporation (with a twist, of course). It's not a bad film, but it doesn't stand up as a memorable story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfulfilled promise
The title tells us the film is taking on one of the present day’s big subjects,fracking,but it has undertones of biblical proportions,with a big director(Van Sant) and big... Read more
Published 2 months ago by technoguy
3.0 out of 5 stars not worth rushing out for
It was ok but was not impressed and it was not what I expected, found the story boring and drawn out.
Published 3 months ago by Tezzy
4.0 out of 5 stars From the writer and director of Good Will Hunting
Written by 2 of the 3 main leads - Matt Damon and John Krasinski - and directed by Gus Van Sant - who worked with Damon on Good Will Hunting, The Promised Land is, as you would... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wiltshire
3.0 out of 5 stars It' ok movie
It's quite a nice movie for Saturday night. It has got a good story but don't expect too much, it's ok
Published 4 months ago by Jan Honzak
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting without pushing the point
Beautiful shots of rural USA, an interesting story line with a little twist near the end, good performances from Matt Damon and Frances McDormand. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lulu
1.0 out of 5 stars Matt is good.
The most irritating story line. All energy is dangerous. Jump up and down about Fracking, but it is coming and because you need it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Verdi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
Very well acted by Frances and Matt - a touch of romance, a touch of comedy to highlight a serious environmental problem. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C Elias
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