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)


    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.


    Flirting. Kissing (mentioned).


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


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


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


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


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


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

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