It was one of those nights, we really wanted to go to the cinema, but “not much” grabbed our fancy. So Promised Land with Matt Damon was sort of a default choice. Overall, yes, uhm, fine. Go watch it. Was interesting and good enough – all about the tactics of large corporations to get what they need to get ahead in business. It has been said and done before, but I guess Promised Land does it well (again).
- 1hour 46min
- Cast: Matt Damon, John Krasinski
- Directed by Van Sant, produced by Matt Damon
Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and his partner are sent to a rural community to secure drilling rights for a natural gas production. They come up against an aging professor who highlights some of the environmental issues. Before we know it a small environmental agency is on the scene working with the locals to persuade them NOT to let the natural gas corporation work on their land. Steve really believes in his company and what they are trying to achieve for poverty struck rural communities and tries everything to sway the locals. Towards the end, he makes a huge discovery that will change his future.
What did we think? Well, yes, it was good drama, that “unfolded well”. Good story line with a “great” twist at the end. I enjoyed it, but it all felt a bit old. Yes we know the big companies are bad. Yes we know, they use all sorts of tricks of the trade to get what they want. So if you are not bored of the anti corporation topics, go watch the film, it does make its point well.
Watch the Trailer:
My overall movie rating for Promised Land:
Would my husband like this film? He may have yawned a little.
Did my friend like it? Yes she did.
Likeability of characters – 7/10 (all three protagonist where convincing)
General story line – 6/10 (though probably accurate about how large corporations can operate, for me the topic is a bit stale – yes, the large corporations are big and bad and will do anything to succeed and get bigger and badder)
The Ending – 8/10 (an unexpected twist, which shows quite how big and bad they all are)
Overall? I think I enjoyed the last film I saw better!