Film » Film Features

Opening: Promised Land

by

comment
Matt Damon and John Krasinski wrote the screenplay to this very dull Gus Vant Sant film about fracking, aka hydraulic fracturing. The topic isn’t one that’s naturally filled with drama and suspense. In addition to writing the screenplay, Damon and Krasinski also star in the movie. Damon plays Steve Butler, the corporate guy sent into a small town to convince the town’s residents that they need to sell him the drilling rights for their land. Krasinski plays Dustin Noble, a guy who arrives with stories about how fracking ruined his family farm, and the tide officially begins to shift against Steve and Sue. Steve and Dustin develop a rivalry of sorts that’s intensified when Dustin begins courting Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt), a single schoolteacher whom Steve befriends one night while on a bender at the town bar. The acting is solid across the board, but the plot just isn’t compelling enough to sustain interest.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.