Director: Gus Van Sant
Running time: 107 mins Released: 19th April 2013
About Promised Land
A drama about the dirty tricks and politics behind the search for natural energy sources. Steve Butler (Matt Damon) works for Global Crosspower Solutions, an energy company who specialise in fracking (obtaining natural gas from the earth). He has a high success rate when it comes to persuading landowners to sell their mineral lease rights, because who would say no to Matt Damon? When he and his partner Sue (Frances McDormand) are sent to a farming town in Pennsylvania, they think it will be a job like any other. Then a teacher (Hal Holbrook) raises questions about the safety of fracking and an environmentalist (John Krasinski) comes forward with evidence against Global. Steve starts to reconsider his own judgement as the will of the townspeople takes hold.