Greenland (2020) – Review

When a planet-killing comet is scheduled the hit Earth, John Garrity (Gerard Butler), must do everything in his power to ensure his estranged wife, Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son, Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd), survive the potentially deadly event. Amid this terrifying news, panic and anarchy ensues around them, making their quest for survival that little bit more difficult. A relatively promising Sci-Fi released in 2020, that didn’t quite reach the heights expected upon it. It’s worth noting that Greenland is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Writers: Chris Sparling
Starring: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd

It’s fair to say that disaster movies can be extremely difficult to pull off and sadly, Greenland didn’t seem to be able to produce what other similar flicks have done in the past. Despite starting with a great amount of promise and potential, the film seemed to peter out into a rather illogical and uninteresting family drama, rather than the hard hitting, impactful science fiction that was originally advertised to the viewers. To say there was quite a number of bizarre and head scratching moments injected into the one-hundred and nineteen-minute runtime would also be an understatement.

One of the standout aspects of the movie that didn’t quite sit right with me was the troublesome social and political messages that the filmmakers were trying to convey. These weren’t particularly realistic, nor were they needed, or merited at all in most cases. The way in which certain members of society and the media within the picture reacted to the cataclysmic event seemed pretty improbable, frustrating and equally as repetitive as the runtime wore on.

One of the more positive aspects of the film, however, would have to be cinematography and special effects, but I’d still say there was room to argue that there quite simply wasn’t enough of them to warrant high praise. When they did appear, they were effective and easy on the eye, but when they weren’t on ours screens, there wasn’t too much to admire.

In terms of the acting, Gerard Butler was his typical, trademark self in the lead role, portraying John. His performance wasn’t award worthy but given the script and story put before him, he seemed to do reasonably well. Elsewhere, the same could be said for Morena Baccarin who co-starred as Allison, while the young son was played by Roger Dale Floyd.

All in all, not the finest release of 2020 and Greenland is certainly not a Sci-Fi flick I’ll be recommending anytime soon. With that being said, if you’re more inclined to family-based dramas with the occasional cliché thrown in, then this might be an entertaining watch. As mentioned, Greenland is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

“I swear, I will get my family in that bunker.”

John Garrity – Greenland

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