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4.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTE MADNESS
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,...
Published on 5 May 2013 by THE MOVIE GUY

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too refractory
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...
Published on 29 April 2013 by Antenna


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3.0 out of 5 stars This is no Erin Brockovich, 6 May 2014
This review is from: Promised Land (Blu-ray)
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, 27 April 2014
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This review is from: Promised Land [DVD] [2012] (DVD)
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 stars,Damon,who co-wrote the story by Eggers,and the dependable McDormand. Steve(Damon) is committed to his job of persuading small town people, small farmers,to sell the rights of their land for the drilling for natural gas, only because he came from a small town which died when the industry left.Steve thinks he’s there to bring benefits to the small farmers,who are living through hard times.They want to get their kids through college and this is the way.He is convinced that rural life cannot be sustained by agriculture alone.Steve has been picked by Global Crosspower Solutions to promote big business, smooth anxieties,tap into the yokel mindset,with evangelism.

Steve is up against a local science teacher Frank Yates(Hal Holbrook),who has researched the topic,and knows they only go to the poor areas to exploit the deposits,and is sceptical about the effects of the fracking process.Steve also has environmental activist Dustin Noble(Krasinski),who has turned up with an axe to grind against Global,telling people fracking in his hometown led to the poisoning of farm animals and the destruction of the local economy.He’s seen improbably whipping up the folk in a bar with a rendering of Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’.He also makes a beeline(and the moral highground) for local teacher Alice,whom Steve fancied.This is not a debate about fracking,but fracking is the Maguffin of the movie.Steve is essentially a decent guy(“I’m not a bad guy”),but he knows he’s sold himself to the corporation,and some locals in a bar attack his complacency,punching him.

There is a Capraesque Local Hero aspect to this film,about a man trying to get into contact with his conscience,with perceived qualities of character.There’s a girl,Alice,who acts as a weathervane of affection between the two male adversaries.The nice-guy geniality shows fissures,as Noble gets under Steve’s skin more as he takes the bribe,only to deny it and send out flyers and signs to people’s properties and woos Alice.Damon and McDormand are wonderful in their roles as is Dewitt as Alice.The location cinematography in Pennsylvania is good and the gentle musical score is effective.But there are some strange plot twists and speeches at the end,that the film feels conflicted between polemics and storytelling,slipping into Capra-corn preachiness and a soft centre.Chinatown this ain’t,as it runs out of gas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting without pushing the point, 2 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Promised Land (DVD)
Beautiful shots of rural USA, an interesting story line with a little twist near the end, good performances from Matt Damon and Frances McDormand. The arguments for and against fracking could have been more developed, but overall a good film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars fair say no to abortion and, 17 Jan. 2015
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fair

say no to abortion and euthanasia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to watch this at mainstream cinema but it disappeared ..., 7 Aug. 2014
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Wanted to watch this at mainstream cinema but it disappeared very quickly, maybe a coincidence that fracking was being talked about in the UK. It was an interesting movie and Matt Damon is always enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It' ok movie, 2 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Promised Land (DVD)
It's quite a nice movie for Saturday night. It has got a good story but don't expect too much, it's ok
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Aug. 2014
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preety good film was'nt one i new off
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 July 2014
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This review is from: Promised Land [Blu-ray] [2012] (Blu-ray)
excellent price and in new condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Feb. 2015
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great service /great item
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Dec. 2014
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Excellent. Thank you.
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