Promised Land

Promised Land

DVD - 2013
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Corporate salesman Steve Butler has been dispatched to the rural town of McKinley with his sales partner to offer much-needed relief to the economically hard-hit residents in exchange for drilling rights to their properties. As they grapple with a surprising array of both open hearts and closed doors, the outsiders soon discover the strength of an American small town at a crossroads.
Publisher: [United States] : Alliance Films Inc., 2013
Edition: EnglishFrench dialogue version
Branch Call Number: DVD PRO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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jacinthabrown
Jun 15, 2017

If you liked Thank You For Smoking you will like Promised Land. Clever indie film about the spin doctors who work for Big Corporate, only this time they have swapped their suits for flannel and blue jeans. Their goal is to swindle small town America to sign away their farming future to fracking. WItty dialogue provides comic relief to lighten what could otherwise be a film swamped in melodrama. A twist at the end reveals true colors---but not everything is as you would think. Well worth the couch time.

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firefly5
Aug 20, 2016

Good movie. Worth watching.

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

Corporate America is inherently evil, caring about nothing more than the big buck and sacrificing everything else to get it. It's been a perfect villain since the Reagan-loving eighties and its yuppie era. It has continued to be a perfect villain today. However, films are a bit more subtle now; the businessman isn't a mustache-twirling bad guy anymore. This time, it's two people (the lovely talented Frances McDormand and the everyman actor Matt Damon) just trying to do their job, which happens to be selling the idea of the oft-dangerous hydraulic fracturing. This means they will have to lie their backsides off. The two end up in a small rural town, a close-knit community certainly, just outside of the city, telling the low-income residents of the millions they'd make if they'd just sell their land rights. At first, everything seems to be in their favour -- that is, until the clever old schoolteacher (legendary Hal Holbrook) speaks up about the downside, which nobody seems to know about except himself. The cocky duo think they still have it in their pocket until they realize just how influential this science teacher really is. The next thing you know, Dustin, an environmental activist (Jon Krasinski), joins the fight, backing the community in the hopes that they'll vote fracking down. With photos of dead cows in his hand and a penchant for telling the truth, the shift becomes more prominent and the fight for that wily duo becomes even more tough. That's the story, a simple one of what is more important: the millions or the environmental well-being. However, in the hands of Oscar-winning writer Matt Damon and the director of GOOD WILL HUNTING and MILK Gus Van Sant, the film has the same heart and charm of those underdog stories. Yes, it uses the typical tactics of a dramatic plotline, complete with the protagonist's epiphany; there are certain elements of storytelling that are trite but speak volumes and make things more palatable. Heartless antiheroes aren't going to win over the audience; an epiphany is necessary, which is what seems to be the main complaint of the critics. That aside, even if you don't know what side you stand on this difficult controversial issue, you can still appreciate the story of the clever resourcefulness of a little town versus the arrogance of the big city. For people who like underdog stories or, more importantly, if you know nothing at all about fracking, I highly recommend this film.

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mikeedm
Dec 26, 2015

I personally enjoyed this movie and recommend it to others.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Nov 09, 2015

Food for thought on the "stories" of the energy sector. The movie does not claim this to be based on a true story so the viewer is still left to wonder about how slimy the corporate world can be.

To drive or not to drive?
To heat our homes or not to heat?
Does money have to make the world go around?

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2015

Good subject, wonderful actors and a script with a couple of twists at the end.

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ostwald
Jul 24, 2015

I saw the movie and, I had liked it, tis is based on a true story but not for children to watch

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vv8
Jul 14, 2015

Decent acting and storytelling centered around what happens when small town America and big business collide.

Quimeras Jul 10, 2015

Good movie with a nice twist towards the end.

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gillythebetter
May 28, 2015

meh, it was ok. The documentary is way better. Watch Gasland https://virl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/980403043_gasland
over this.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2015

Warning -- Offensive Language on life changing money
Steve to the local men in a bar on the money they would have received for drilling rights on their farms: Money. I'm not talking about little pay increases, I'm talking about "fuck you" money. You don't want to apply for college loans for your kid? This money says, "Fuck you, loans." You're worried about car payments, "Fuck you, payments." The bank is gonna come and foreclose on your farm, "Fuck you, bank." "Fuck you" money is the ultimate liberator, and underneath your town, there's "fuck you" money.

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jimg2000
Oct 06, 2015

Steve continued: So think long and hard about all those brutal days working. And the goddamn checks you get from whatever frozen peas company is buying. Think about how much you made on your best day and then think real hard about how much you made on your worst, 'cause, let's be honest with each other, they're all looking like that more and more nowadays, right? These people? This town? This life? It's dying or damn near dead And you all see it coming and you just don't get the fuck out of the way. Why? Why? Pride? Of what? What do you got? Shit, how much of it is even yours? I bet all of you are getting subsidy checks from the government. Right? Now, when those stop coming, when all that help stops coming and you've got nowhere left to go, you're gonna remember this conversation and remember the guy who came in and looked you in the eye and said, "Fuck you."

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