“GasLand” may be noted for its international influence toward the fracking process, but it isn’t noted for its entertainment value. This documentary creates a case against fracking through interviews with several people in different areas of the country whose lives have been negatively affected by water pollution. There is little proof that the pollution is a direct effect of fracking but the argument is convincing. Unfortunately, it is difficult to buy into the argument because the film is so dry. Josh Fox’s mellow monotone ranges from compassionate to apathetic, but it put me to sleep. Twice. Perhaps the banjo-playing while wearing a gas mask was intended to wake us up, but it was just odd. Moreover, the film’s iconic scene where a man lights his faucet water on fire has been shown to be the result of something other than fracking. Though I don’t take a specific stance on the issue, I definitely recommend “FrackNation,” a follow-up to this film that disputes the accuracy of Fox’s documentary and manages to be more interesting. While its Oscar nomination might draw you to this film, “GasLand” is so one-sided that it makes it impossible to form a well-rounded opinion.
[Pictured: The iconic but inaccurate tap water scene]