Matt Damon turns in a fine performance as a sincere representative of a company named Global, which is interested in purchasing many acres of land from farmers for the natural gas on the properties. They don’t tell them that the drilling can cause environmental problems. When an environmentalist shows up and gets the community on his side, Steve Butler (Damon) fights back. But soon Butler has to decide which side he is really on as it becomes apparent to him that the environmental concerns are real. Also turning in a strong performance is Hal Holbrook as the respected science schoolteacher who cares for the land and its future, and wants to make sure it is properly looked after.
Unfortunately, this movie doesn’t make the grade as a family friendly film as it contains a load of strong language including the F bomb and biblical profanity. This is the only category that crosses our acceptability line in content and we sure wish they would have gone easy on the language and this one we could have heartily recommended for the family. As it is, we can’t award our Dove Seal to this picture.