On the surface, Greenland looks and feels like every disaster movie that’s caused audiences to injure their ocular muscles due to excessive rolling of the eyes. Armageddon, this is not. Deep Impact even wouldn’t be an apt comparison. Rather than focusing on the action during this end-of-day disaster thriller, Director Ric Roman Waugh shines a light on how humanity would respond if they knew the end was coming in 48 hours. Are there times in the film where it’s important to put aside all logic and reason? Yes, but if we can collectively do it for any Marvel or DC film, this should be a piece of cake. If anyone is looking for high art from the brain trust that gave us Angel Has Fallen, look elsewhere. If being entertained is your main objective when choosing a film to watch on-demand, then look no further. Greenland delivers non-stop over the top action and thrilling entertainment for all.
The film centers around the Garrity family. John (Gerald Butler), Allison (Monica Baccarin), and their son Nathan (Roger Dale Ford) are picked to be transported to a secret shelter in response to the announcement that a global killing comet is going to impact Earth. Of course, this all goes horribly wrong, and they get separated. As the clock countdown towards the end of humanity, John and Allison experience the best and worst of what humanity has to offer.
To say that I found the film surprising would be an understatement. Perhaps had I known walking in that the same team behind Butler’s successful Angel Has Fallen franchise, my shock would have been a bit contained. If anything, Greenland is a perfect example of why no one should prejudge a release. Give something a shot, and who knows what joy might come.
Greenland will be released on-demand this Friday.