(2020) (David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A farmer takes on an oil company for poisoning his land, all while their regional director contends with that and an enforcer they've sent to deal with the situation.
Gigi Cutler (KATE BOSWORTH) is a regional director of Royal Shore Oil who's been called to task by her boss (ALFRED MOLINA) who's unhappy about how things have turned out under her watch in the California region she controls. We then flashback to see widowed farmer Fred Stern (DAVID STRATHAIRN) who, along with his friend and longtime foreman, Santiago (EDWARD JAMES OLMOS), is upset about Royal's wastewater poisoning his orchards.
Gigi sends a local guy, Alex (HALEY JOEL OSMENT), who worked for Fred years ago to give him a buyout offer, but the farmer isn't happy with the lowball amount, especially when he learns how much money Royal has made. He ends up hiring lawyer Ralph Aegis (MARTIN SHEEN) who successfully sued Ford over the exploding Pinto cars years ago and hopes he can help him take on the oil giant.
In response, the company not only sends their lawyer, Olive Gore (KATIE ASELTON), to deal with this development, but also an enforcer, Ezekiel (PABLO SCHREIBER), to convince Fred to change his mind while also putting Alex and Gigi in their place. As that goon ups his efforts, Fred remains steadfast in his desire to have the oil company pay for his damages.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're fans of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language, some sexual material and drug use, and brief violence.
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