For a fellow who's just been promoted to vice president of land management by his multibillion-dollar natural gas company, the character played by
More an argument than a fully fleshed-out drama, "Promised Land" starts with the notion that Damon's character, Steve, has begun to doubt his corporate mission. Filmed in western
Because the word "fracking" has a way of crushing the average moviegoer's interest in any subject, let alone fracking, "Promised Land" has its work cut out for itself. It strives to humanize the conflict.
Along with a colleague (
Some of the locals, hobbled by the recession, can't wait to cash in. Steve's job is to offer as little money for that land as possible. Then the anti-fracking contingent, led by the local high school science teacher played by
This is Damon's third collaborative script for
But the script is unconvincing; two key narrative twists, one related to the other, are deeply hokey.
"Promised Land" Movie Trailer
MPAA rating: R (for language).
Running time: 1:46.
Credits: Directed by
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