Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin compete against the apocalypse in the mediocre disaster thriller. Greenland. The film is loaded with eye candy. Desperate people running for their lives, cities turning to ashes and the required countdown to extinction; ticking in the background. The elements are there for the gritty popcorn cinema. But the narrative is torpedoed by juicy melodrama and fabricated plot changes. Greenland is content with mediocrity when it could have been far more appealing.
Gerard Butler Stars like John Garrity, an Atlanta architect who recently separated from his wife. Allison (Morena Baccarin) kept the house and custody of her young son Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd). The story begins with John and Allison having a birthday barbecue for Nathan. While they are planning the party and shopping, the news tells us that a comet, Clarke, is set to circumvent the planet later in the day.
John receives an alarming notification on his phone. He also watches military planes fly across the sky. His fears will be confirmed when the party starts. News reports change her view of Clarke. The comet is a multi-fragment planet killer. John receives another message with urgent instructions for his family. You must leave immediately to survive the comet’s biggest impact.
Greenland has a captivating first act. Director Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, Angel fell) captures the sheer panic and calamity of an event at the level of extinction. It’s a real drama as the Garrity family has to leave their neighborhood friends behind. John rightly states that the survival of his wife and child depends on quick, merciless action. Problems arise when a MacGuffin is used to add more turbulence to the plot. It will be pointed out early on so you know that this object will be of vital importance. It’s a cheap trick that gets the story involved.
Greenland evolves into histrionics as the characters act stupid. Granted, it’s the end of the world, mistakes are sure to be made. But John and Allison aren’t stupid characters. Your decisions at key moments, particularly with regard to Nathan, are absurd and unnecessarily life threatening. In the middle of the film there are weeping pieces that don’t make any sense at all. Fortunately, the action is picking up speed again for the anticipated explosive climax.
The narrative could have been supported by adding other perspectives. It would have been interesting to see a government standpoint as well as the Garrity family. The comet is my favorite character in the movie. Clarke packs a slew of right-hand thrusts before landing a truly formidable knockout punch. The decision to spread the destruction of the comet draws your attention through the overly sentimental haircuts. It increases the danger by showing how deadly a small fusillade of space stones can be.
Gerard Butler is not an action star here. Don’t worry, it still delivers its signature wildness when needed. Morena Baccarin weeps by a river, but fortunately she is more than a woman in need. They make the most of the soap opera moments. Greenland has problems to act, but acts as a distraction from the dark winter of the pandemic. The film had a theatrical release in several global markets earlier this year. It would have been entertaining to see its epic destruction on the big screen. Greenland is a production by Anton, Thunder Road Pictures and G-BASE. It can be streamed from December 18 upon request from STX Films.
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