If there’s one thing that would make 2020 complete, it’s an extinction level Comet threat. In the new film Greenland a shattered comet known as Clark rains all over the Earth before sending an extinction level chunk that will eradicate all plant and animal life and create 1000 foot tsunamis that will drown out any remaining life.
The film is directed by Ric Roman Waugh and written by Chris Sparling. The film stars Gerard Butler(who also co-produced), Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn, David Denman, and Hope Davis. The film follows a family who must fight for survival as a planet-destroying comet races to Earth. When John Garrity (Butler) are randomly selected by the US government to be transported to an undisclosed safe zone, he and his family must survive mass rioters, looters, and the worst of humanity trying to do whatever it takes to survive.
The film was originally scheduled to be theatrically released on June 12, 2020 in the United States, Greenland was delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The film is scheduled to be released domestically by STX Entertainment through video on demandon December 18, 2020, and then play on HBO Max. It was still released theatrically in other territories, beginning with Belgium on July 29, 2020. It has a big movie feel and would have been a great summer release if it weren’t for COVID-19.
The special effects are pretty impressive but limited. This film focuses more on the family dynamic and human struggle more on the “disaster porn.” Despite kind of dragging on a bit in the middle the film ramps up the tension and feeling of impending doom in the last 20 minutes. Culminating in an apocalyptic frenzy that could go either way but ultimately ends on somewhat of a hopeful note.
Despite a sluggish middle, the film does realistically represent a world thats lost in a frantic panic depicting the worst of humanity. Something that is eerily reflected in our own situation currently with the pandemic.
HipsterZOMBIEJoint Experience gives Greenland a mild recommend.