Overall Rank: 8208
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 34
Theatrical Release Date: 01/04/2013
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 04/23/2013
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Gus Van Sant
Actors: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Frances McDormand, Lucas Black, Hal Holbrook
Plot: Two corporate salesmen, Steve Butler and Sue Thomason, representing a natural gas company, arrive in a rural town hit hard by the economic downturn. Thinking the people will be happy to embrace a potential money-making drilling venture, they encounter resistance in the form of a highly-regarded school teacher and a grassroots campaign to stop them. -- Chris Kavan
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worleyjamers - wrote on 06/29/2013
Promised Land is an adequate political drama. It has a decent screenplay and some good performances, but nothing special here. The film, while solid, lacked urgency and any real conviction; it seemed like these actors were stuck in a bland movie.
KingInTheNorth - wrote on 06/24/2013
Matt Damon, Academy Award winner for best writing for "Good Will Hunting". He is good at it. But when I see Matt Damon as an actor I don't see the character he's playing, I see Jason Bourne. Except of, maybe in "The Departed". Promised land is directed by Gus Van sant who also directed "Good Will Hunting". Good job. Matt Damon and the rest of the cast are doing a good job. But this time the script is not so good as "Good Will Hunting" maybe Ben Affleck is missing... However, Promised Land is an entertaining Drama with good performances. Enjoyable
Allison - wrote on 12/17/2012
Saw it at an advanced screening. Very good performances, especially by Frances McDormand. Very smart writing by Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Gus van Sant was a great choice to direct this. The actors seemed comfortable, yet pushed the envelope. Definitely deserves attention for this year. Nice ending, but reminiscent to a couple other films that Matt Damon has done.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 02/21/2013
"It's just a job." Steve Butler (Damon) is waiting for a management position with Global Crosspower Solutions, an energy company that specializes in obtaining natural gas trapped underground through a process known as fracking. He is teamed with industrious Sue (McDormand). A mysterious guy who creates a negative impact on Global named Dustin (Krasinski). He mysteriously creates anti-fracking campaigns against Global.
One of the few instances where your already watching a movie, and felt that is is indeed a movie based on the impossible sequences occurring all-throughout. Instances where Justin lights a fire inside school premises without any fire alarms/permit/knowledge of the teacher, manipulation of information without knowledge of a colleague (which the director thinks, is …
lastonetoleave - wrote on 12/30/2012
Promised Land (2012) Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) go to a small Pennsylvania farming community to buy natural gas rights. The locals are receptive to the possibilities of a financial payout until a grassroots environmentalist (John Krasinski) arrives in town and begins to inform the townspeople about the big gas company and their controversial use of fracking, a procedure that may endanger their way of life. Gus Van Sant, the film's Director, does an admirable job of making us care not only for the farmers and their families but also for these two salespeople who see what they do as not evil, but an opportunity for the town to survive in such a tough economy. Matt Damon is perfect in the role of Steve, a sort of likable every-man, who saw his own small …
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