If Matt Daaaymon was hoping his new Arab-funded film “Promised Land” would do for natural gas “fracking” what “The China Syndrome” did for nuclear power, he’d better hope for a sequel to “Team America” to rescue him from being an embarrassment to the professional Left. John already took official Power Line notice of the movie a few weeks ago, and I already gave Damon a Green Weenie back in September when news of the Arab financing for the film first broke, but with the film coming out today, the reviews are starting to trickle in like a load of freshly-fracked gas. It turns out that even left-leaning movie reviewers find it risible. For that amazing achievement, Damon deserves a second Weenie.
Take Time magazine’s movie critic, Richard Corliss. He finds the movie dubious, at best:
Left-wingers in the mainstream media — by which I mean me — are supposed to lap up a movie that plays to our farm-loving, tree-hugging prejudices. But even we know that well-meaning does not automatically equal good movie. Some organic life is needed. And the only crop Promised Land harvests is Capra Corn. . .
Moreover, he expresses sympathy for the risk-taking entrepreneurs who brought us the gas boon: