November 14, 2013 by rachelcmann
When this movie first came out I thought it was set in Australia (no idea why) and only vaguely had a sense that it was about frakking. Then I heard an interview with John Krasinski and really wanted to see it. It’s a quiet piece, only using the controversial subject of natural gas mining as a backdrop to this human piece.
Matt Damon is an exec for a big natural gas company who goes to small towns and buys up the mining rights. There’s a loooooot of money in natural gas and most of these people are already struggling farmers so it’s not too difficult a task to convince people to sell their land. But not everyone is willing to submit so easily, so when a local science teacher (who also happens to be a retired PhD engineer) raises some questions the town decides to take a vote. Suddenly John Krasinski swoops into town as an environmental activist trying to kick convince people against natural gas. There’s a lot more to it and I’d really encourage you to check this movie out. Fair warning, the ending is a bit trite but it doesn’t take away from the rest of the film.
The movie was certainly not what I expected so whatever your expectations are I bet you’ll be surprised too.