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."