“Promised Land”

January 12th, 2013 at 2:49 pm by under A Look at the Movies

Three-StarRated R
1 hour 45 minutes

Starring: Matt Damon, Hal Holbrook, Frances McDormand

Hollywood’s social conscience peeks through in a fine movie called “Promised Land”. It’s the cautionary tale warning small town farm folk about the dangers of Fracking. You know, selling natural gas drilling rights to those ruthless corporate types.

Cynical farm boy Matt Damon high pressures a depressed middle America town with an offer he says they’d be fools to refuse. 30 million dollars un deer the town he estimates as a best case scenario.

This deceptively folksy homespun drama carries a strong warning label, Frank Capra style, that big business couldn’t care less about the little guy.

It takes a crusty Farmer, passionately played by ageless Hal Holbrook to stop Damon in his tracks.

The plot thickens when environmental activist John Krasinski joins the struggle. By the way, both Krasinski and Damon wrote the perceptive screenplay. They even injected an intriguing plot twist just to deepen the issue. And Damon doesn’t know what to expect from his adversary.

“Promised Land” takes a thoughtful approach to something that’s happening right now. Which isn’t something Hollywood does very often. Let’s give “Promised Land” credit for that with 3 stars.

You know, I don’t think Matt Damon’s ever made a bad film..

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