Promised Land Movie Reviews

Promised Land

Promised Land

Release Date: Dec 28, 2012

Genre: Drama

Rating: (R)

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  • 3
    I really wanted to like this film, I really did, unfortunately it was just not good and I can not recommend seeing it in the theaters. The story was good and definitely worth telling in this particular time of human existence, however I thought that the film was too preachy to be entertaining or convincing. The film has a lot of small moments of great drama and acting but it does not add up to a cohesive movie and that is unfortunate. The film was not bad per say but it was not good either, I think it is the most forgettable film I have seen recently and that is sad because it has an important message but fails to deliver it in a convincing way. Overall, I do not think this film is worth the price of a movie ticket but you might want to enjoy it at the comfort of your home.
  • 3
    I thought this film was alright but I do not think it is worth seeing in the theaters, you will be better off renting it when it comes out on DVD. The film was not bad per say, it had some great moments, it had good intentions and was nicely acted. However, the film was also kind of vanilla and a bit too preachy for my taste. The film never really achieves a good dramatic boil, but I did enjoy watching Matt Damon act , he became a wonderful character actor over the years. I enjoyed the atmosphere that was created with long driving shots (so Van Sant) and overall low-key feel of the film and I thought that American Midwest was portrayed very realistically. Overall, the film is mediocre but it is still worth watching at the comfort of your home.
  • 3
    This is a drama that explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge. THe film looked really promising at the beginning and I was really enjoying watching it, however it changed somewhere in the middle and it became almost unbearable. The film caved to stereotypes and became way too sentimental, I stopped believing the characters and that was the end for me. The film wants to be meaningful and it wants to make the audience think unfortunately it is pretty empty and shallow. I found the characters in the film to be very unbelievable and even though the actors tried really hard to make the characters be realistic, they did not succeed in my eyes. Overall, I do not think this film is worth seeing in the theaters.
  • 5
    As someone who loves the environment, this is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It also helps that the movie is written by a liberal, progressive activist like Matt Damon and is directed by one of the most socially conscious and relevant directors in the world, Gus Van Sant. If you saw his past movies like Milk you'll know exactly what I mean. It was kind of heartbreaking to watch the way the corporate villains descend upon the innocent village and start plundering the land and landowners. John Krasinksi has some great lines in his role as a farmer who will die for his land and he really gets the corporate villains played by Damon and McDormand to really understand that even despite their best intentions they are capable of so much worse than they understand. This is a movie that they will show in schools to get kids to understand the power of corporate greed. They should also show it at every corporate office in North America.
  • 5
    Matt Damon and John Krasinski are two of my favorite actors. I love them in just about everything that they do. I also love the rest of the cast, including Rosemarie DeWitt and Frances McDormand. Rosemarie DW is on fire lately, really playing a variety of great roles and memorable women that will turn her into a legend pretty soon, methinks. I also like the fact that the movie is written by Damon and Krasinski and that Gus Van Sant who directed the amazing Milk and Good Will Hunting is back wielding the megaphone this time as well. The story is about a corporation that wants to take control of the land in a small midwestern town. Damon and McDormand are the corporate pitch people while Krasinski plays a farmer. It's interesting to see him play someone who's as opposite of Jim on The Office as possible. He really played his part well, as did DeWitt as a school teacher. I hope Damon wins another Oscar for his writing!
  • 3
    Written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, Gus Van Sant’s The Promised Land is yet another of the director’s pet morality projects that seek to dignify the political causes he identifies with the most – and which he thinks are underserved by other media (see the superb Milk for full evidence of this).

    The Promised Land stars Matt Damon as a do-gooder corporate salesman and John Krasinski as a do-gooder environmentalist, both of whom want the owners of a relatively unglamorous piece of land to hand their stake over. Damon’s character wants the land so that his company can extract natural gas from under the soil and turn a tidy profit. Krasinski’s character wants the locals to keep their land and never surrender to the profit motive that he knows has no conscience. It’s the 47% argument all over again – us vs. them, the haves vs. the have nots, the plunderers vs. the preservationists.

    The movie is a tad too simplistic for its own good. Earth good, moneymaking bad, is basically what it seems to be aching to say. We’ve seen this in cinema since time immemorial. That being said, the performances are top notch, especially Rose Marie Dewitt as a Midwestern school teacher, underplaying her part with that nimble touch she always seem to capture so perfectly. Damon puts the Midwestern accent on a little thick, and we could do with fewer shots of Krasinski in swamp boots, but all in all, this is a movie worth checking out if for no other reason it reminds you that the stewards of the Earth are up against man, machine, and money.

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