Is it really the “Promised Land”?

I watched a few movies this past weekend. One of them was “Promised Land” with Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Francis McDormand as the main actors.

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The film was directed by Gus Van Sant, the screenplay was written by John Krasinski and Matt Damon.

Focus Features wrote this film synopsis:

Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally. Written by Focus Features

It is a very compelling story of a big corporation versus a small town community. Goliath versus David. Evil versus Good. This film showcases the greed of big corporations. There is no limit to what they will do to accomplish what they came to do. They can pay for a lot of smoke to blind the residents in order to get those signatures on land leases for drilling rights.

I love Matt Damon’s character, Steve Butler. He comes into this community, and the first thing he does is buy local clothes to blend in, to make it look like he’s one of them. But as he is encountering opposition, his eyes are opened to what a small community is. They do struggle to make it, but they are also content with their surroundings (at least most of them).

Who is the winner? Who’s the loser? It looks like the community won at the end of the film. And it also looks like Steve Butler (Matt Damon) is a winner, even though he lost.

Have you seen “Promised Land?” Let me know what you thought about it in a comment to this blog post.

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