The Flicks Community Movie House
Written by and starring Matt Damon, directed by Gus van Sant.
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.
Promised Land is one of those pictures that we deeply wish we saw more of in the current cinematic climate. Promised Land is a topical story that utilizes the economic crisis as a key theme in its depiction of the farm workers in this kind of small town that exists all over the country, with people who were shattered by the recession and are fighting to keep themselves alive.