Synopsis: A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources
Release Date: January 11, 2013
Thoughts: Director Gus Van Sant has been all over the map in recent years. Though he’s never been a mainstream director (save for his ill advised shot-for-shot remake of Psycho) he’s kept his profile low with indie projects that barely made a blip on the cinematic radar. With Promised Land, he reteams with his Good Will Hunting star for a drama that seems a little bit Erin Brockovich and a little bit The Music Man. With stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski also serving as screenwriters you can’t help but draw a teeny tiny comparison to the work that Damon did with Ben Affleck on Good Will Hunting. Assembling a strong cast and filming a story that seems timely and important, Van Sant may have another sleeper crowd pleaser on his hands.