Flash Movie Review: Promised Land

I resent it when I am treated like a number or statistic by a large corporation. What happened where the corporate world felt it was not important to offer a personal touch when dealing with customers? At least that has been my experience. This point was driven home by the bank that had my mortgage. When I decided to refinance with them, I never imagined I would spend the following 6 months in corporate hell. From denying my application due to a mistake they made, to giving me three different dollar amounts I would need at closing; the only way I could get someone to listen to me was to show up at one of the bank’s branches and let my dark side out, making a scene. This is not my usual modus operandi but I felt no respect from them. The premise for this movie was set up in a somewhat similar way: large energy company pitted against a small town. Matt Damon (We Bought a Zoo, The Adjustment Bureau) played Steve Butler, the company’s representative whose job was to buy up the drilling rights from the town’s homeowners. Joining him was his partner Sue Thomason, played beautifully by Frances McDormand (Almost Famous, Moonrise Kingdom). What the energy company expected to be an easy job was met with resistance from science teacher Frank Yates, played by Hal Holbrook (Lincoln, Into the Wild) and environmentalist Dustin Noble, played by John Krasinski (It’s Complicated, Big Miracle). With Matt and John having written the screenplay, I was hoping for a deeper developed story that provided more insight to both sides. Instead this movie was only a generic version of the proverbial David and Goliath story. The character of Alice, played by Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married, Your Sister’s Sister), rang false to me and changed the dynamics of the story, leading it to a poor ending. This film could have been better if they went with an edgier story; which would have made for a serious, dramatic movie.

 

2 1/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 2, 2013, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I know the feeling all too well. Sometimes making a scene is the only way to get their attention. Whenever possible, I speak with my money. That gets their attention.

  2. I am excited actually to see this movie.

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  4. Your the third reviewer who has basically had the same complaint with the story. I was hoping this would be a good one, but now I think I’ll make it a rental–if that.

    Good review.

    • Sounds like a good plan to wait for it on DVD. I think Matt needs to get out of his comfort zone and start taking some risks. Thanks for the comment. May the new year bring you a new joy and good health. Happy Oscar season!

  5. I’m going to a preview tonight. Let you know my impressions.

  6. The projection machine fouled up at preview so not a minute screened. Will add it to list to see.

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