“Promised Land” dramatizes the underhanded tactics of a fictional corporation determined to gain rights to drill for natural gas on farmers’ land. There’s a lot at stake for this rural community, and though the film wears its environmental heart on its sleeve, the debate about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) deserves the attention given here.
Steven Soderbergh is a very smart director. He's proved this already with an amazing range of films: Traffic, The Limey, Out of Sight, Ocean's Twelve and Thirteen, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Now add his recent film Contagion. Knowing the apocalypse extravaganzas, Soderbergh astutely chooses a different tack with the terrifying idea: the worldwide, rapid spread of a deadly virus.
Fate versus free will? Head or heart? Control or impulsivity? David Norris (Matt Damon) accidentally sees behind a curtain he isn't even supposed to know exists. As a result, he must confront and define his metaphysical place in his New York world of Senate candidacy and romantic involvement. Negotiating with "adjusters" and confronting tough choices makes for an exhilarating Adjustment Bureau.