Review Roundup: "GasLand"

by Nigel M Smith
June 21, 2010 10:29 AM
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Average criticWIRE grade: A-

Tonight marks the HBO premiere of Josh Fox's incendiary documentary "GasLand," which caused a stir at this year's Sundance, where it nabbed the Special Jury prize.

The film, in which Fox sets off on a cross-country road trip to investigate the environmental risks of natural gas drilling, is a bonafide hit with the critics who praise the film's call for action.

As indieWIRE's own Eric Kohn writes: "Fox conducted enough research to turn “GasLand” into an important document for any community afflicted by fracking problems, but it has wider appeal because he manages to tackle an urgent issue without negating the importance of the individual." Stewart Nusbaumer of the Huffington Post concurs, stating that "GasLand" "just might take you from outrage right into the fire of action.”

Variety's Robert Koehler goes even further, by singing praises of Fox's filmmaking technique: "For all of its engaging information, the film itself is a piece of beautiful cinema," he writes, "rough-hewn and poetic, often musical in its rhythms. The marriage of sound and image (Fox joins Matthew Sanchez on lensing, and Brian Scibinico on sound) veers between nightmarish moods and lyrical reveries, even while the camera peers into the faces of government and corporate officials."

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  • NY Landowner | June 24, 2010 2:22 AMReply

    I hope everyone is reading about the inaccuracies about this movie as well....

  • Kenneth Click | June 24, 2010 2:13 AMReply

    Josh & HBO
    Great and Terifying subject. I want to thank you for informing
    the American people on this subject. There is one aspect of the story that i thought needed more attention and that is what
    happens to the millions of gallons of frac-water? These energy
    companies are putting smaller companies into business to get
    rid of there waste water and future liabilities. These small fly by night companies are drilling disposal wells and pumping these
    poisons right back into the ground with no enviromental controls