Promised Land

Matt Damon, Promised Land
Matt Damon in 'Promised Land'

Known as the anti-fracking movie by people who aren't paying attention, Promised Land is actually a potent and powerful look at how the stressed economy is stressing farm communities across America. Matt Damon stars as a corporate suit offering the promise of big bucks to farmers in exchange for rights to drill for natural gas on their land. John Krasinski, who wrote the heartfelt script with Damon, plays the activist trying to stop him. Out of that conflict, director Gus Van Sant finds the human side of a knotty issue. No polemics. Just the face of a new America in crisis.