Promised Land Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Promised Land

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Insincere promises are fracked up.

  • Starring:

    Matt Damon, Frances McDormand, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Titus Welliver, Scoot McNairy, Frank Conforti

  • Directed by:

    Gus Van Sant

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Friendly punching, not-so-friendly punching. A child burns himself on an iron (mentioned). Damage is seen on a shop window. A woman makes a gun-firing motion with her fingers against her head (comic). A model of a farm is burned. A youth carries a shotgun over his shoulder. Photographs of dead cattle. Environmental pollution is discussed. Blood/gore: Bloody nose, bloody tissue.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting. Kissing (mentioned).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits, shots). Drinking games.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling and derogatory slang. Obscene finger gesture. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Corporate bullying/power, corruption, bribery, scandal, small-town hospitality, pride, trust, opportunity, manipulation, skepticism, natural resources, fracking, environmental concerns, contamination, pollution, the royal 'we'.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    High aerial camera angles. Horses, cows, cat, goats, chickens, ducks, turtle, donkey. Vomiting (mentioned) and seen (blurred). Deceased fathers/brother (mentioned).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Good script, heart-felt message in a casual setting. Quietly contemplative. Unpretentious. Ethereal score. Smooth direction.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Sentimental. Use of stereotyping. Favours simplicity over complexity. Ending flounders.

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