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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Frances McDormand
Rosemarie DeWitt
Hal Holbrook
John Krasinski
Matt Damon
Directors
Gus Van Sant
Screenwriters
Matt Damon
John Krasinski
Running Time
106 minutes

Promised Land
My own privatised Idaho


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Plot
Slick salesman Steve Butler (Damon) arrives in a rural town to snap up farmland so his employers, Global Crosspower Solutions, can siphon out the natural gas via hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’. Resistance from an old-timer (Holbrook), a spunky environmentalist (Krasinski) and an attractive local teacher (DeWitt) will lead him to question his motives.


Verdict
Another charming take on a familiar scenario: Northern Exposure with Jason Bourne. Which is a backhanded way of saying this is far from the challenging movie it promised to be.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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