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  • Summary: The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a "Saudia Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called Gasland. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown. (Mongrel Media) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    70
    With its jolting images of flammable tap water and chemically burned pets, New York theater-director-turned-documentarian Josh Fox's Sundance-feted shocker makes an irrefutable case against U.S. corporate "fracking."
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Jan 25, 2011
    60
    Josh Fox puts a fresh spin on a well-drilled - if continually relevant - story.
  3. Reviewed by: Katie Hewitt
    50
    While oil is still synonymous with unmitigated catastrophe, the documentary Gasland warns of the dangers lurking in natural-gas wells.
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  1. Jul 12, 2013
    10
    This was just terrifying, and incredibly disturbing. One of the most eye-opening documentaries I've ever seen, as well as an intricately made, well editing, cinematographically beautiful film. There is not enough praise to be given to do this documentary justice. Expand
  2. Dec 23, 2010
    9
    The gas lobbyist want to bring this gas exploitation to Quebec in Canada.
    This film is an eye openner to how bad is for environment the
    extraction of gas using the hydraulic (something like that) system. It's dngerous and contaminates the water.
    You wont believe your eyes and the true stories of horror of illness caused by this.
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  3. Nov 2, 2010
    8
    A great documentary that touches me due to the massive expansion of gas companies all over. This frightens me and it's a real shame that saving money is more important to politicians and the people that are supposed to protect us than the well being of the land we walk on and the water we drink. Collapse
  4. Dec 27, 2010
    8
    Provided with much details on the fracking of the oil industry and much opinions on the subject, GasLand succeeded of trying to inform the audience yet entertain them at the same time. Although laws have been passed to get rid of this issue, hydraulic drilling is still a concern for people in the certain states. This documentary sets in Pennsylvania, a state in which a lot of people are drinking dirty water because of this crisis. Josh Fox directs and narrates the film with a devastating voice and real emotions. The audience were shocked by the reality and entertained by the burning water. GasLand is the better documentaries of the year.
    OscarBuzz: Best Documentary (good chance of making it to the top 5)
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  5. Apr 9, 2014
    8
    Gasland has very high production values and isn't too preachy. It stayed on topic and mentioned solar energy only once, which is notable because this kind of documentary too often goes off the rails into the fantastic or the impossible. The narrator's voice is uniquely soothing. Expand
  6. Apr 9, 2011
    8
    Unlike the horribly bland "An Inconvenient Truth", this issue documentary is surprisingly entertaining. I almost feel bad calling a film about natural gas contamination entertaining, but I mean it in an entirely educational and enthralling way, not a fun and satisfying way.
    "GasLand" is a labour of love by documentarist Josh Fox. He's addressing an issue that is not only affecting him and his family very closely, but the whole country and perhaps soon, the whole world. The center of this film's attention is an area of the U.S., the Marcellus Shale (which is a subterranean formation that is beneath New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and many other states), which is more commonly called by energy companies "the Saudi Arabia of natural gas". Fox travels to the towns around this area to see first hand how hydraulic fracturing has affected them and their lives. Needless to say, his findings are quite horrifying.
    "GasLand" is an amateurish-looking film that could have easily been made by any competent documentarist, but its heart is something that only could have been added by the talents of Josh Fox. Gas contamination is a topic that has been addressed vaguely before, but with "GasLand" we see a whole new world and it's alarmingly eyeopening. This is one of the best documentaries of the year. It receiving a well deserved Oscar nomination yesterday morning and I hope that's a push for more people to watch this important film.
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