GasLand

"Excellent"

GasLand Review


Brilliantly assembled, this documentary unapologetically takes on ruthless corporations by pointing out how they are systematically destroying America to make money. It'll make you so angry that it's hard to keep watching. Which is a good thing.When filmmaker Fox is offered the chance to lease his family's land to a natural gas company, he starts looking into things. It turns out that America is sitting on a huge reservoir of natural gas, which Bush-Cheney used as a reason to change legislation so that Halliburton's gas-extraction is exempt from all environmental-protection laws. But the process produces pollution on a massive scale, leaving 596 dangerous chemicals in the drinking water. Through a series of first-hand interviews, Fox's research leads him to extensive corporate denials and even death threats.At the centre of the outrage is the "Orwellian absurdity", highlighted buy environmental expert Wilson, that a corporation can look at poison and say it poses no threat to drinking water. The Bush-Cheney law means that Halliburton has no responsibility for environmental impact and isn't subject to testing. So citizens injured by these chemicals are routinely ignored by both corporations and government. But these chemicals cause multiple illnesses over generations, and they're being blasted into the food chain through polluted well water.

Bush-Cheney's law also allows gas drilling in public parkland, which has left areas of great natural beauty blighted by drill rigs and refineries that belch poison onto the ground and air, jeopardising already endangered wild animals.

Thousands of wells under cities like Dallas-Ft Worth cause exponentially more pollution than vehicle emissions, while the drillers' toxic waste is dumped into the Gulf of Mexico, permanently poisoning the Texas-Louisiana coastline.

And now New York City's drinking water is under threat, as are Europe and Africa. This is actually an understatement.And frankly it's overwhelming. But Fox finds a lucid narrative here with sharp editing, thorough research and a merciful sense of humour. With a deadpan, Michael Moore-style approach, he walks us through corporate run-arounds and interviews with normal people whose heath, animals and land are being systematically destroyed while greedy corporate bosses refuse to accept responsibility. And when we see tap water that catches on fire, it gets our blood boiling as well.PICS: http://outnow.ch/Movies/2010/Gasland/Bilder/



GasLand

Facts and Figures

Genre: Documentaries

Run time: 107 mins

In Theaters: Monday 17th January 2011

Box Office USA: $30.8k

Distributed by: Independent Pictures

Production compaines: HBO Documentary Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Fresh: 37 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Josh Fox

Producer: Trish Adlesic, Josh Fox, Molly Gandour

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Advertisement
Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.