The movie Promised Land
was a missed opportunity. Had they included at least one scene of the documented side effects of gas drilling near homes, as in Gasland, it would have had a greater impact. As written, with a strange plot twist and no real resolution, it left no impact. A shame really.
Mr. Damon plays Steve Butler, a corporate salesman who arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Ms. McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer for oil and gas drilling on their Pennsylvania land.