I have a confession to make: I really like John Krasinski. It’s mostly because of his role on The Office, but it’s also because of his work in films like Away We Go. That film was widely panned (unfairly), but it didn’t keep me from enjoying it. That being said, his work in Gus Van Sant’s latest film Promised Land might just hit too close to home for me. In this film, he’ll be playing the part of a farmer from a rural community who lost his land and leads the fight against a corporation who is trying to come in and pick up drilling rights. Matt Damon will play off of this as the big shot who works for the company, which puts me in the awkward position of possibly having to side with his character.
Make no mistake about it, this is a pretty politically charged movie about a post-recession America that is looking for answers. While many want to move on and build the economy in another way, there are still a lot of small town people who believe they can get things done the old fashioned way. Promised Land looks to be a film that works with this premise, an allegory for the struggles we truly face and the questions we must ask ourselves in the wake of economic disaster. With that in mind, regardless of who I would side with, I have to say I’m really looking forward to this film. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.
Promised Land will be released to selected markets on December 28th, meaning that, ironically, it might not reach that many small towns. Either way, be on the lookout for this one on DVD and Blu-ray if you don’t get the chance to see it in theaters.