Greenland Review: Introspective Apocalyptic Drama Starring Gerard Butler

Planet Earth has fallen…

Greenland (PG13)

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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