Butler plays a wealthy construction contractor who, in the run-up to a meteorite impact, is told that his family has been selected to be taken to safety. Although the Garrity couple has marital troubles, they quickly show the disappointed neighbors their back bumpers to rush to the secret hideout. The fact that in the meantime we have been pointed out several times that son Nathan (seven years old, but clearly interpreted by a much older child) has an insulin pump, suggests that the trip will not go smoothly.
There is not much to talk about it, we have seen films of this type many times before, but where most films in the genre usually take the routine route, “Greenland” dares to be different. The first two thirds of the film is devoted more to drama, suspense and building the film’s characters than the impending disaster. It makes the film far better than I expected and we are miles away from Gerard Butler’s second disaster film (in double terms) “Geostorm”. As a result, it all feels very emotional in any case until the end when the disaster strikes with full force.
Director Ric Roman Waugh (“Angel Has Fallen”) does a really good job of balancing the human plane with the film’s more action-packed events. And the film’s suspense lies in how people react to an impending disaster, to their loved ones, but also to their neighbors and the stranger on the street. This means that there is an unknown factor in the film as you never really know how the people who meet in the film will act towards each other. This makes the film more grounded in reality and you feel a certain nervousness throughout the film.
But then comes the last third part and once again we have to be reminded that this is a disaster movie after all. This leads to lots of cliches that exist in the genre and that just have to be squeezed into the film. However, they do not manage to destroy everything that was good in the film’s introduction and we must be grateful for that.
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