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Promised Land (2012)

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A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.

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Frank Yates
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Arlene
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Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). 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 (Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally. Written by Focus Features

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Terra Prometida  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$173,915 (USA) (28 December 2012)

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$7,556,708 (USA) (18 January 2013)
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Cinematographer Linus Sandgren shot the film with Hawk V-Lite 1.3x squeeze anamorphic lenses on 4-perf Super 35 for a final aspect ratio of 1.85:1. According to him this is the first time this combination has been used on a feature film (he and others had used it before on commercials), and the negative area used was 70% larger than that of regular 1.85:1 and 30% larger than 3-perf Super 35. See more »

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Yates is said to have an M.A. from MIT, but MIT does not grant Master of Arts degrees. See more »

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Frank Yates: We have nothing left to sell and we can't afford to buy anything. You came here to help us. Offer us money... All we had to do to get it was be willing to scorch the earth under our feet.
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Through most of the end credits, the camera zooms out to a wide shot of the town where the film takes place. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.54 (2012) See more »

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I Saw the Light
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Frances McDormand (uncredited)
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It's about fracking...not the BSG swear word, mind you.
22 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a movie about fracking…and not frakking as in the swear word from Battlestar Galactica (I really wish that was the case—so say we all!)

"Promised Land" is about a natural gas company coming into a dying farming town with promises of riches if they lease their land for the purposes of fracking (fracking being the process of drilling). The company sends in the bright eyed, hungry young go-getter Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and his partner Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) to a small Pennsylvania farm town that, with some minor resistance, is all but welcomed with open arms as the dollar signs start to fill the eyes of the struggling members of the community. That is until the environmentalist Dustin Noble (get it? Noble) arrives and throws a wrench into the works as he claims he's from a town that was financially obliterated by the greedy gas company folks.

For the most part, "Promised Land" is a pretty decent film, however its weakness comes in the fact the film is a character-driven one when it should have been a story-driven affair. While there's nothing wrong with a film that is all about the characters and their evolution and development but when you have a story about the environmental impact that comes from fracking THAT probably should have been the focus and not whether the Gas Man or the Hippie can get more friends in a desperate town. This dynamic makes the film feel like two different movies (that are kinda similar) being rolled into one film.

"Promised Land" isn't a bad movie at all. While it's a little distracting that the film's emphasis changes at one point, it wasn't so awful that it harmed the film in a major way. In fact, the opening and the ending of the film are so strong that the sudden character-centric change the film takes, and the push the story suffers with it, gets completely redeemed. Even the fact that McDormand, Damon and Krasinski aren't giving the best performances of their careers can be overlooked because even at their weakest, they are still enjoyable to watch. Granted Krasinski spends a good portion of the film making it look like Jim quit Dunder Mifflin and left Pam for a life as a man on a crusade against fracking. Overall, the movie is good enough to watch once and maybe check out again later in life if the need suddenly arises.


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