Starring Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Scott Glenn
Directed by Ric Roman Waugh
Gerard Butler is no stranger to global cataclysms; he averted one in Geostorm (pity he couldn't save the movie itself).
But his latest disaster porn, from Angel Has Fallen director Ric Roman Waugh, is different: Butler’s character, structural engineer John Garrity, doesn’t save the world from an extinction-level event (a friggin’ comet!), he just wants to get his estranged wife (Morena Baccarin) and diabetic tween son (Roger Dale Floyd) to a fallout shelter located on the world’s largest island.
Greenland is a more introspective version of Armageddon/Deep Impact/2012 — by way of Homer’s Odyssey — told from the Garritys’ perspective, where survival drama takes precedence over monument-obliterating fireworks. The pace picks up in the last 20 minutes which recalls the season finale of Belgian Netflix thriller Into the Night.
This isn’t what one would call a fun movie but it has enough emotional moments to make you reflect on life amid the COVID-19 crisis. (**1/2)
Photo: Encore Films
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