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.
Urgent, heartfelt, and not-quite-as-predictable-as-you-think environmental rabble-rouser.
Director Gus Van Sant finds the human side of a knotty issue. No polemics. Just the face of a new America in crisis.
The characters drive this story, not ideology. Damon and McDormand are terrific as co-workers seeking the same goal, though they see their work from different points of view.
More an argument than a fully fleshed-out drama … The script is unconvincing; two key narrative twists, one related to the other, are deeply hokey.
Despite their Everyman appeal, Damon and Krasinski don’t create much by way of emotional investment, instead becoming mirror images of their most mild-mannered, white-bread selves.
Gus Van Sant’s new film offends for how it views the struggles of the landowners at the heart of its story as subservient to their oppressor’s triumph of the spirit.