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Matt Damon’s ‘The Promised Land’ Takes on Natural Gas and Fracking

By Alyssa Rosenberg  

"Matt Damon’s ‘The Promised Land’ Takes on Natural Gas and Fracking"

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I’ve gotten slightly tired of movies in which corporate executives or lawyers who have done dreadful things to people come to conscience, not because I don’t believe that scenario can’t be emotionally and artistically powerful as it was in something like Michael Clayton, but because I tend to think that corporations are generally forced to do things rather than having awakenings that make them change. But I’m intrigued by Matt Damon’s The Promised Land, a movie that grows out of his environmentalist work:

But what makes this movie different, and why I’m tempted by it, is that it’s a balance between Damon’s energy man and John Krasinski’s environmental organizer. If The Promised Land is a story that wrings drama from the actual efforts it takes to convince people to make long-term decisions from their communities, and to wrest the people in power away from their willful blindness, it could be much more interesting than the average exploration of a suit who has a change of heart, one of the more wishful bits of Hollywood liberal fantasy.

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