Promised Land

Genre:  Documentary, Drama
Running Time:  106 min.
Release Date: January 4, 2013
DVD: April 23, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 2.88
based on 34 votes and 11 reviews
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Cast: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook


Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is one of two corporate sales people who arrive in a rural town in search of drilling rights to their properties—a seemingly ideal solution for a town that has been hit hard by the recent economic decline.

Along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), Steve is faced with a much greater challenge than he initially bargained for, brought on by objections from a local schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) who brings to light the damage that the proposed actions will have on the town's water supply. Steve's job is even further complicated when Dustin (John Krasinski), a slick environmentalist, joins the fight, bringing both the personal and professional stakes to a boiling point.

Based on a story by Dave Eggers.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Chris Moore, Matt Damon, John Krasinski
Screenplay: Matt Damon, John Krasinski
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  • 1 star "while the movie tried to bring a good point about the environment, it did it with utterly no soul, no spirit and with sheer boredom."
  • 1 star "should have been called "Promised to be Bored"."
  • 2 stars "a good message lost in a bad movie, with a horrible script."