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‘Promised Land’ about people, not just environmental issue

Posted: Monday, Jan 14th, 2013

In 1997, a then basically unknown Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote a script and teamed with director Gus Van Sant to deliver the film “Good Will Hunting.” The film — which starred Damon in the lead role — drew critical acclaim and helped solidify the careers of all three.

Now 15 years later, Damon has again teamed with Van Sant — this time with a script he penned with John Krasinski — for another moving, thought-provoking film. This time the pair are also tackling the timely topic of fracking.

“Promised Land” may explore a hot political and environmental topic, but the film handles its subject matter delicately. In the end, the film is more interested in the story of its characters than a heavy-handed political message.

The film centers on Steve Butler (Damon), a salesman for a big natural gas company who’s on the cusp of a promotion. He and his partner — Sue (Frances McDormand) — have one of the best close rates at the company, and

For the complete article see the 01-11-2013 issue.

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