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Promised Land (2012)

 -  Drama  -  4 January 2013 (USA)
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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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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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$7,556,708 (USA) (18 January 2013)
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This is the second film co-starring John Krasinski with the major contribution by writer Dave Eggers. Eggers who also wrote 2006 Away We Go (2009) which also starred Krasinski. See more »

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The brochure and poster talk about how fracking by the company, "Global..." will 'effect' (noun) the community; the correct spelling/usage is 'affect' (verb). See more »

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Steve Butler: I don't know what to say anymore. But where we are now, where we're headed! We might be betting more than we think. Everything that we have is on the table now. And that's just not ours to lose.
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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
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mostly good, with an unrealistic ending
3 December 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Gus Van Sant has tackled a number of political and social issues in his movies. "Promised Land" looks at the issue of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. Matt Damon plays an executive from an energy company trying to convince a town to allow the process in their vicinity. Meanwhile, an environmentalist tries to convince people otherwise.

I have liked most of Van Sant's movies, and it's good that this movie is addressing a process that has devastated entire regions. Indeed, the fracking industry criticized the movie's depiction of the process as destructive (surprise, surprise). Unfortunately, what happens at the end does not seem realistic. It reminded me of what happens in Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero". Other than that the movie is a perceptive character study of Damon's amoral exec, the sort of man who's totally in it for the money. Mostly a good movie, understanding that what happens at the end probably wouldn't happen in real life.


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