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World-traveling missionary Lana (Michelle Williams) returns to post-Sept. 11 America from the Middle East and begins work at a Los Angeles homeless shelter. Her Vietnam veteran uncle Paul (John Diehl) passes his days driving on a paranoid and self-styled reconnaissance mission looking for Islamic terrorists. Paul and Lana re-establish an uneasy relationship, but when they witness an act of violence, their divergent points of view force them to reconsider their friendship.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (10)

  • Wim Wenders' first fiction featurefeature since 2000's The Million Dollar Hotel, rocky but respectable Land of Plenty proves the helmer often does better with low budgets, fast schedules and young collaborators.

    August 4, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It casts a spell of compassionate humanity with a gently healing effect.

    August 4, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Hampered by an ending that overreaches needlessly, the film is nevertheless worthy and unmistakably the effort of an enduringly distinctive and important filmmaker.

    November 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Wenders handles America's physical landscape with characteristic clarity. But he never gets a handle on the trickier political terrain and so, like Uncle Paul, ends up chasing too many roads to nowhere.

    October 14, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Land of Plenty has a few too many coincidences and tends to be sugary, but it has an important precautionary message in this age of terror.

    October 12, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Taking up the divided, anxious state of post-9/11 American life, Wim Wenders's new film is like a clumsy, well-meaning intervention in a family quarrel.

    October 12, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5

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  • Mar 14, 2013
    Upon her arrival back in the United States, Lana(Michelle Williams) is met at the airport by Henry(Wendell Pierce), the pastor at the homeless mission she is volunteering to work at. They have their work cut out for them as the vast seas of homeless in Los Angeles almost make her nostalgic for the time she spent on the West Bank. Still, she has a personal mission in delivering an envelope to her uncle Paul(John Diehl) whose mission is to make the United States safe for right wing radio talk shows while stalking Hassan(Shaun Toub) on his collections of Borax. I appreciate the fact that "Land of Plenty" takes notice of how large a problem hunger is in the United States but not so much that I enjoyed being lectured about it in totally ponderous fashion instead of coming up with a solid story to tell. Nor could the movie make any valid suggestions or even any kind of connection between guns and butter in wartime, as most of the post-9/11 paranoia is now thankfully dated. Wendell Pierce and Michelle Williams can only do so much with so little, as the movie otherwise lets John Diehl, an otherwise fine character actor, free rein to go over the top in playing a stereotypical character, thereby sucking all of the oxygen out of the room.
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  • Oct 18, 2009
    I was suprised how much I enjoyed this film
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2007
    Very well done movie about post 9/11.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer

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