This is going to be spoiler free and not really a review, more of a “GO SEE THIS FILM!” kind of thing.
I LOVE disaster films. From the extremely cheesy films of the late 60s and early 70s to the big blockbusters of the modern age. There is only one I cannot watch and that is ‘The Towering Inferno’ and those who know me know why.
I found Greenland whilst browsing Amazon Video on my TV and thought I’d give it a go. It stars Gerard Butler (who gets to use his natural Scottish accent for once). I’ve enjoyed many of his past films especially the ‘Fallen’ series. The film also stars Morena Baccarin, better known to sci-fi fans as Inara in Firefly. Scott Glenn also puts in an appearance.
Greenland has some similar plot lines to past disaster movies involving asteroids threatening Earth but comes at it from a different angle than most. If you think about ‘Deep Impact’ with Elijah Wood, Tea Leoni and Morgan Freeman as well as ‘Armageddon’ with Bruce Willis and co, you will remember that the stories are told from multiple points of view- normally the scientists trying to figure out how to stop the destruction, the astronauts actually making the attempt, one or two key families trying to save themselves and finally the government of the country doing what it can to save as many people as possible.
This film doesn’t do that- from the very start of the film the threat is there and it’s real- a comet will hit the Earth causing an E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event). Greenland focuses on John and Allison Garrity and their son Nathan as they struggle for survival as total chaos ensues around them. Other than news reports on TVs and Radios there are no scientists trying to stop the threat or any of the usual disaster film tropes mentioned above. It’s purely about the family and what they are going through-its very family centred and I found this not only refreshing for a disaster film but very relatable. It’s very different from other disaster films I’ve watched though it still has its share of bad guys and feral humans.
I really don’t want to say more as their are lots of twists and turns. If you like disaster movies then I’d recommend you seeing this. Great performances all around!
I’ve watched it 4 times already. It’s a shame I never got to see it on the big screen but will get the Blu-Ray when it’s released for sure.