★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 out of 5
Directed by Josh Fox
Featuring Josh Fox
A midwestern American man, Josh Fox, gets a letter in the mail from a huge natural gas company, asking to lease his land, which launches him into an investigation of the natural gas business, and it’s effects on the water supplies of the areas around where fracture drilling occurs.
This is definitely one of the best documentaries made in the past few years. GasLand is an incredibly well made film, though it may not be the most reliable source of information out there. The style of the documentary is frantic, every shot feels urgent, it has a speed to it that is simply amazing. To be able to craft a film where everything feels so important like it does here, that’s filmmaking talent. I actually would have called it one of my favorite films of 2010 up until about the second half of the film, when I started to see how repetitive the film gets. It seems like everything comes down to “our water can be lit on fire.” which was shocking the first time, and presented as equally shocking every other time, but the impact seems less since it’s been shown multiple times. The fact that it still feels completely original, even at the fifteenth tap water fire, is an accomplishment, but the fact that they show you so many of the same effects of water contamination over and over is certainly not. In addition to this, it’s very one sided. It doesn’t show any incorrect information, but GasLand also does not show both sides of the argument. Overall though, this is a damn good film, it’s just not a great source of info. I really recommend checking this movie out. It’s a great watch, if you don’t mind it getting repetitive.