Summary: Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant reunite for this cautionary drama that's more about one corporate salesman's personal journey than any related politics concerning environmental issues with hydraulic fracturing.
Conclusion: Earnest and sincere for a stretch, manipulative and implausible in the end, Promised Land is a message movie that nearly forgets its message. Rather than present an honest story honestly, Van Sant, Damon and Krasinski drill too deep and poison the waters, adding in a twist that almost ruins the...
Excerpt: Using film to advocate for one side of an issue or another is a tricky business: “If you want to send a message, try Western Union,” goes the famous Frank Capra quote. Documentaries risk being brushed off as mere propaganda—Capra produced some of that himself with the Why We Fight films—but if...
Summary: A quietly absorbing if finally somewhat dubious drama about an unlikely anti-corporate crusader, "Promised Land" uses a familiar story arc to decry corruption in the energy industry, specifically the controversial natural-gas drilling technique known as "fracking."
Summary: The traffic in sex slaves from Eastern Europe is not pretty, so it makes perfect sense that Amos Gitai should choose to make his drama on the subject, "Promised Land," depressing, brutal and ugly looking. Problem is, resulting film is also incoherent, unedifying and slightly salacious.
Summary: Although set in California with a mostly American cast, former docu-helmer Michael Beltrami's sputtering road-movie "Promised Land" topped off its tank with production coin entirely from Swiss and Italian backers.
Summary: Heavy on portent but underwhelming in payoff, South African thriller "Promised Land" reps an ungainly mix of quasi-horror and "Straw Dogs"-type rural ruffianism, with Apartheid-resistant Afrikaner farmers cast as the evildoers.
Conclusion: Filmen: Promised Land var tänkt att bli Matt Damons regidebut, men istället höll han sig till att "bara" skriva manuset samt ta sig an en huvudroll i denna propagandaberättelse om girighet, rikedom och politik.