This movie reminded me of public hearings I covered as a reporter in 1990 in which a gang of arrogant men and women in business suits, lawyers and executives for another large agricultural company, tried to convince the residents of a small, rural town in Illinois that the company would make it a tourist destination by building a 300-foot ski mountain out of coal ash (a toxic waste product of coal-fired energy plants). The high-powered, carefully coifed and perfectly manicured suits on one side of the small town hall where the meetings were held and the decidedly casual attire of the residents on the other is an image I will long remember, such a classic "little guy vs Goliath" tableau.
When I read reviews complaining of the slow pace of this movie, particularly of the courtroom scenes, I thought, "Huh?" I was completely engaged throughout and thought the courtroom scenes could even have been a little longer to really get across just how many resources Monsanto was willing to expend to crush opposition. But even without that, I thought the entire cast was great, starting first and foremost with Christopher Walken, who is, IMHO, one of the most if not the most prodigiously talented actors working today, and thank heavens he's still working and may he have many more projects ahead.
Yes, some characters could have used more development and screen time (Martin Donovan). But everyone from Zach Braff to Roberta Maxwell to Blake Taylor was wonderful.
Like so many of Walken's films, this one will probably play to a small audience and his beautiful performance overlooked by awards committees, and that's a shame. But don't deprive yourself--watch this film!