Greenland (2021) Review

Disaster Movies are really my jam, a guilty pleasure if you will.  So every time a new one is released, I cannot wait to check it out.

Certificate: 15

Director: Ric Roman Waugh

Screenwriter: Chris Sparling

Starring: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd

Genre: Disaster, Action

Runtime: 119 Minutes

Language: English

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. Amid terrifying news accounts of cities around the world being leveled by the comet’s fragments, the Garritys experience the best and worst in humanity while they battle the increasing panic and lawlessness surrounding them. As the countdown to global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven – Written by STX Entertainment

So yeah. As I have said above, I have a very soft spot for disaster movies.  Even the bad ones, and there are a lot of bad ones.  Greenland avoids landing it that pile by the grace of it’s excellent acting and emotional, tense storytelling.  Though it is about 20-30 minutes too long, the pacing isn’t bad, there are just a scene or two that maybe didn’t need to be there.  Was the trip to Allison’s father really necessary if they were going to stay there for an hour and immediately leave again?  Surely there was an easier way to get in the backstory behind their strained marriage.

Gerard Butler is of course a great choice as an action movie lead.  You know you can rely on his to give a great performance and this is no exception.  But it’s Morena Baccarin who steals the show here with a great emotionally charged performance, I may have shed a tear or two for her throughout this. 

The emotional punch from this film comes from knowing that the majority of the population will not survive.  Unlike a lot of disaster movies where the plot revolves around SAVING the human race, there is not such plot here, and while there is good chance you can guess the ending way before we get there, the action and suspense are heart-pounding throughout.  Some of the science and particularly the passing of time in relation to geography are definitely hokey when we care coming to the end, but if you are a fan of disaster movies like me, you could definitely do worse than this one.

‘Greenland’ is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now in the UK.

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