GREENLAND (2020) Review: Traumatizingly Good

GREENLAND (2020) Review

This is a movie review for Greenland, which stars Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin in a disaster film directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Angel has Fallen, Shot Caller, Felon).

"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."

This film starts out like any other disaster film, with nice days riddled with foretelling subtle sub-plots that play themselves out throughout the film.

The cast is great, Butler and Baccarin sublime in their roles.  I've never seen Bacarrin in a desperate character kind of role, it was distressing to watch... but quite believable.

What's interesting and good about this film is that they took a page from the 2010 film Monsters by Gareth Edwards or the 2014 Godzilla film, also by Gareth Edwards, (Both great films) where the disaster was coming down around our primary characters but we were more focused on the characters experiences, journeys, their situation, and relationships. It was more about family commitment in Greenland than the rain of doom that was coming down all around them.

And nowadays, when a sci-fi film depicts the deplorable side of human nature when a calamity strikes, seems more real to me these days, considering all we've been through in the last year or so...

As far as disaster movies go, Greenland is a good one, with decent acting peppered throughout.

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