Accept the premise of Greenland, that an intergalactic comet made up of pieces of varying size is hurling towards Earth and threatening all life, then sit back and enjoy this surprisingly intense, emotional disaster movie with nonstop, pulse-pounding action.
With the world bracing for impact and facing potential extinction, John Garrity (Gerard Butler) and his family are selected for shelter, though getting there will test them all. On the surface, Greenland looks like the typical Roland Emmerich “end of days” film, but director Ric Roman Waugh takes the concept and digs much deeper. The first hour of the film is shockingly feverish, taking familiar tropes and throwing unexpected curveballs that will leave your mouth agape. While Butler delivers exactly what you would expect from him, Morena Baccarin (playing his wife) steals the show with an impassioned performance that hits all of the feels.
There are times where where the story takes some liberties, specifically in playing with time and geography, but hey, you didn’t expect an Oscar winner, did you? Aside from being about 30 minutes too long and some questionable choices by the characters, Greenland is a nice distraction from the real-life challenges of the world. The film achieves exactly what Songbird attempted to, tapping into the human element rife with emotion and intensity from beginning to end. You have an idea of where the story will end up, but you are not prepared for the obstacles that stand in the way. Greenland is an edge-of-your-seat blast of a film.
Greenland hits VOD this Friday, December 18th, 2020.
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