- Cullman, Alabama


December 28, 2012

FILM REVIEW: 'Promised Land': Drama doesn't dig deep


The twist, when it comes, is a surprise but not a shock. What's more, 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.

"Promised Land" is helped mightily by McDormand, who, as always, injects a jolt of welcome dry humor into every scene she's in, and Rosemarie DeWitt, as a local girl both men try to date. When these formidable actresses are on screen, "Promised Land" fizzes and pops; otherwise it's an attractive, well-intentioned dry well.

R. Contains strong language. 106 minutes.

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