Promised Land

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Promised Land
This timely film examines the use of 'fracking' as a means to extract gas, and the impact that this technology is having on the rural towns in America. Since South Africa may soon allow fracking, the film is relevant to us too. We follow a rising star whose job it is to convince the folk in the target town to sell up and allow the corporation to move in and start drilling. However this town throws up some unusual challenges, ranging from the wise old man to the pretty young teacher, to the firebrand environmentalist who arrives to stop the process.

101 minutes.
Parental Guidance 10-12 (Language, Drug abuse).
Drama, On the art circuit
Where
Where's the good will? Hunting?

Credits

Cast
Matt Damon, Hal Holbrook, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski
Director
Gus van Sant
ScreenplayJohn Krasinski, Matt Damon, Dave Eggers, Rosemarie DeWitt
MusicDanny Elfman
CinematographyLinus Sandgren
EditingBilly Rich
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Datasat
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2012
Produced byFocus Features, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Participant Media, Pearl Street Films

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageModerate
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceInfrequent, isolated, mild
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyUsed as expletives
Drug abuseAlcohol consumption in a bar setting
CommentsSteve Butler is sent to a small American town to sign, seal and 'deliver' it to his big corporation in order to 'rape' the land for its gas potential. Steve crosses his 'Rubicon' when he realises the corporation only has money and profit on its mind and not the quaint American way of life that exists in the small town.
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USA MPAA rating

PG: Parental Guidance SuggestedRated R for language
Runtime106
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
2
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
2
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
1
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane De Beer quote iconFilm does not deliver on its promise.
5
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi
15
Cape Times
Todd McCarthy quote iconPresents environmental concerns in a clear manner but hits some narrative and character bumps in the second half.
10
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconAside from that aforementioned twist near the end of the film, I found the offering enjoyable, entertaining and surprisingly fair in terms of presenting believable if opposing sides to a controversial topic. If only the filmmakers had resisted the temptation to give in and turn various shades of gray into definite black and white.
14
Metacritic.com
36 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
140 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThe earnest and well-intentioned Promised Land sports a likable cast, but it also suffers from oversimplified characterizations and a frustrating final act.
10
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
13
Movie Review Intelligence
44 critics
12

What the People say

Internet
7313 Netizens quote iconDamon Walks Krasinski Into The Promised Land
13

Average .. 58%

12

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