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Actors: Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski / Director: Gus Van Sant / Studio: Universal Pictures UK

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      24.04.2014 15:13
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      A Good Film Despite A Slow Start

      Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is a high flying sales executive for a natural gas company, Global Crosspower Solutions. He and his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) are sent to a small farming town in Pennsylvania in order to purchase drilling rights from local residents/landowners. As the town has been hit hard by the economic recession all seems to be going well for the smooth talking sales executive who promises big money as a solution to all their problems until a retired science teacher, Frank Yates (Hal Holbrook) speaks out at a town meeting about the safety of fracking - the process by which natural gas is extracted. The environmental and safety concerns lead the residents to delay the vote for two weeks. During this time a small time environmentalist, Dustin Noble (John Krasinski) comes to the town and offers his support. He claims, using photographic evidence that his family owned a farm and shortly after Global Crosspower commenced fracking their cattle died. As a result the family were unable to pay their debts and the farm was repossessed by the bank. Although the town start to believe Noble all is not what it seems and there is a twist to the plot towards the end of the film which you really do not see coming. There are plenty of stand-offs between Noble and Butler who fights hard to protect his employers reputation. As the film progresses Butler does however start to question whether he is right but to see who the final winner is (if any) you will have to watch the film. For anyone who remembers Damon in the Bourne Trilogy, the Promised Land, as with Damon''s other recent films including We Bought A Zoo, shows a completely different side to the actor. He is more caring, sensitive and down to earth. The film does become quite emotional as the town debate the possible consequences if they decide to accept Global Crosspower''s generous financial offer in order to obtain a higher standard of living. As a result it does make you question the motives of global companies. Are they only concerned about making a profit whatever the cost may be or do they genuinely care about the environment and local people? Overall I found the film very good despite a very slow start. Although I was very tempted to switch it off at the beginning the film does warm up and has a very good storyline.


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