February 01, 2013

Promised Land (2012)

Promised Land (2012)
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Country: USA

Review: "Promised Land" addresses environmental issues in a predictable and melancholic way. Steve (Matt Damon) and Sue (Francis McDormand) work for a Natural Gas company and were entrusted with the tough mission of collecting drilling authorizations from the land owners of a small town in Pennsylvania. Once there, they will find difficulties with some skeptical dwellers and with a newly arrived activist who claims that the land will be condemned to destruction if the drillings occur. Surrounding this story, we are faced with an indispensable love affair, terrible karaoke moments, some gatherings in pubs, a lot of lectures about millions of dollars, and some unconvincing twists and turns. “Promised Land” is torpid in its development and despite its good intentions, turned out completely unemotional. Van Sant needed some kind of trick to win us over, just as the gas company did in the film.

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