Comment: Engaged Earth. The average just person. The last movie of Gus Van Sant.
The average just person
Movie: Engaged Earth.
Original title: Promised land.
Direction: Gus Van Sant. Country: It uses. Year: 2013.
Duration: 107 min. Genre: Drama.
Interpretation: Matt Damon (Steve Butler), John Krasinski (Dustin Noble), Frances McDormand (Sue Thomason), Rosemarie DeWitt (Alice), Scoot McNairy (Jeff Dennon), Titus Welliver (Rob), Hal Holbrook (Frank Yates).
Script: Matt Damon and John Krasinski; based on an argument of Dave Eggers.
Production: Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Chris Moore.
Music: Danny Elfman. It photographs: Linus Sandgren.
Assembly: Billy Rich. Production design: Daniel B. Clancy. Wardrobe: Juliet Polcsa. Distributor: Universal Pictures International Spain.
I release in Spain: On April 19, 2013. Qualification for ages: Not recommended for 7-year-old minors.
Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand) come to McKinley an American small town that like so many people others has been hardly struck by the financial crisis of last years. Its inhabitants are cattle and they devote themselves to cultivate its grounds. The two represent the Global company, company extractora and natural gas supplier, they are sure that the inhabitants of the people will receive them with open arms. They bring in its hands a succulent offer: they can turn them into millionaires in exchange for the fact that they allow them to perforate its farms to extract gas by means of the fracturación system. In the beginning its work was turning out to be easy, as in other peoples, but the appearance of an old teacher of institute, Frank Yates (Hal Holbrook), of Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt) a nice farmer and teacher of a school, and the arrival of an ecologist, Dustin Noble (John Krasinski) will make difficult the task of Steve and Sue.
The life of Steve Butler is marked by its past. Of child, in its native people, a well-known factory of maquinaría industrialist closed its doors and finished with the economic fair weather of the area. This fact did, between other things, that Steve was emigrating to the big city in search of an opportunity. Now a labor prestige has been worked and it is on the point of climbing like manager of the company at which it is employed at the head of the gas extractions department. It is the one that is in charge of hiring the new wells. It is the most ready, which less pays and, therefore, that major benefit obtains in its deals, which are not different that those of be doing by the permission to implant an extraction well in the farms. There are no promises to there become rich those that there offers Steve and its Global company. There are palpable realities in the shape of down money and sonante. It is the vile metal. It is the new fever of the gold. But there is the one who does not allow to deceive himself for the progress sheens. Frank Yates, an old teacher of institute has done its duties and has found out about what is the "fracking". It is a system of gas extraction that the terrero consists of perforating and fracturing the ground to liberate the gas. But it bears a few dangers for the use of indeterminate chemical agents, which Steve has not explained. The areas can be contaminated and can finish with the life of the animals and even of the persons. A hard bone of this old Frank gnaws. Pero Steve knows all of them. It has the whole manual in how convincing the communities and begins its battle marries for house, farm for farm, with the same questions and the everlasting firmness.
Steve will meet Alice, attractive teacher of the school with the one who will share a night of revelry. From the first moment the chemistry arises between them. But also, in its way, it will meet Dustin Noble, an ecologist of iron will who has been trained to fight with the same weapon.
There is something of engaged Earth that he reminds immediately to Erin Brockovich (Steven Soderbergh, 2000). I do not know if it will be going house for house to recruit clients, good is true that with different end, or it will be something of the personal struggle of its protagonists. The true thing is that they can have in common the water pollution by perforations of a gas company and electricity. Engaged Earth answers to the typical scheme of the evolution that the protagonist experiences. In this case in the realization of a man who starts for defending a somewhat ignoble cause. The antagonist is the ecologist who defends the environment and between both, the figure of a girl. All this under a solid and effective script that owes Matt Damon and John Krasinski to itself (who acts like the ecologist Dustin Noble). He narrates the history of simple form and in the end we surprise with a brilliant draft, granting to the set force and cohesion. This was going to be the first movie like the director of Matt Damon but in the end it chose an ancient friend so that it was directing it: Gust Van Sant. Both were employed at indomitable Will Hunting, 1997 in which they were accompanying them a young Ben Affleck. One notices very much that to Matt Damon it likes working on the script.
Environmental manifesto or campaign pro "fracking"? This can be the quandary that raises engaged Earth. A tremendously current topic. But the director does not seem to take part. From the beginning of the movie it warns us: we are flying over the fields of the deep North America, with its vast extensions, with its long highways. We continue from the air the advance of the car of the protagonist. It is like a manifesto of the director. I offer you a history of the form as subjective as possible, from the exterior of its personages. You, darlings spectators are that you will have to take position. It is a very easy comprehension to the ecologists. Who wants fire and destruction? Who wants to have in its fields the towers of the wells and that fill with chemicals its grounds? A few grounds in most cases that have passed for a grandparents' legacy to parents and of these to its children. But also it is necessary to put itself in the pelt of the peasants, of these rough farmers who from the sun to the sun take care of its grounds dependent on the climatology. Possibly many of them have entrusted its savings facing the future in these agencies of doubtful profitability. They are the holders of our preferable ones. Most of them live with the put for many acres that they have. They have suffered in its meats the financial crisis. And as they say Steve, its protagonist, that they are going to belong to them when they do not receive helped state. That is what its director Gust van Sant raises us although I believe that it would be more guessed right to say Matt Damon for the script to be his.
I would like emphasizing a pair of scenes that reflect a little the grace of this movie. One of them is when Steve has not been lucky with the holiday that has mounted to stop convincing the neighbors with a coexistence day. It has gone out for him badly. The elements have played in its against and the rain has ended up liquidating the holiday. Steve has failed with its plan and for more inri it remains without car. It is gathered by Frank Yates and sheltered in its house. In this moment it is when the director proves to be magisterial concerning the table, with a defeated Steve and with the camerawoman concentrating on him, blurring to the rest of the members. Scarcely we see neither Frank, nor its wife, nor Sue. Only we see Steve's sorrow, feel it on its shoulders. It is taking conscience of what one arranges to be done on behalf of the progress. Magisterial. And the different one has a big dramatic load. Steve is threatened by four rough farmers. Steve in its defense sings the truths to them. We all love the field. We like the life outdoors but our society behaves in a hypocritical way and does not value those who inhabit the rural environment. Ah, but then in the table we want to have the best products at the lowest price. Pero Steve augurs them a future black when the administration stops spending to him its helps (its PAC – Common agricultural policy-). And if they decide to put a well in its farm it will have its money «lump it». Thanks to him they will be able to send its children to the university, or will put to change car without having to mortgage its life.
Matt Damon is accompanied of reliable form by actresses as Frances McDormand or an attractive and almost unknown Rosemarie DeWitt (Alice) or actors as the proper Krasinski or the veteran Hal Holbrook (Frank Yates). A very balanced share-out.
Engaged Earth is an interesting movie. It presents a current topic. So current that recently the Government of Cantabria (presided by the People's Party) has approved for unanimity a law that the "fracking" prohibits But only one day later the minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria (of the same party), it was making sure that Spain cannot allow itself the luxury of losing thus the career for the natural gas securing. I do not understand very well how a lot of criticism has been fattened in this movie. It is possible to throw in face this end dulzón to the one that seems that we are convicted to see of repeated form. But only for touching a full actuality topic and to set a little of light on him my consideration deserves. The multinationals seem to turn out to be threatening, corrupt and without heart. They sail to any rag in a world so full of interests as of lies. And after seeing engaged Earth which, curiously it has been financed by one of them (Image Nation Abu Dhabi), there me has not gone away of the body the sensation that the multinationals in search of the benefit are devoid of humanity and I have left the confidence of which the truth goes out afloat. This is what in the end transmits the movie to us: it has hope. But in this world it is necessary to be a little a farmer. Perhaps the truth is in the average just person.
For major information about the "fracking":
http://lab.rtve.es / fracking /
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