Monday, August 5, 2013

Promised Land

DVD - Rated R
Universal Studios 2013
Matt Damon and John Krasinski star in this drama based on the screenplay written by the actors. Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is a high-level salesman for the powerful Global gas corporation who comes to a small town in Pennsylvania in order to convince the residents to allow fracking on their land. An environmental activist (John Krasinski) tries to sway the town against it by sharing his personal story of the destruction of his family's farm due to fracking.
The story and casting are superb; you grow to like the characters on both sides of the issue. While the anti-fracking message is loud and clear, the reasons why some choose to support it for their family's financial future is also demonstrated. The R rating comes from the frequent use of the "F" word. There is no sex or nudity, but there is a fair amount of drinking during the bar scenes.
This movie has come at a time when fracking is a hot topic and I'm certain that it will spark many debates. I would highly recommend it for high schoolers and adults.
~ Paula

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