Your Quick & Simple Review: “Greenland”

So over the years, there have been more than a few films about the end of the world.  Some pretty good, and some not so good.  And with the state of the world today, who wouldn’t want a fresh look at the world coming to an end?  I will admit, I didn’t mind it at all.  And thanks to the new film, Greenland, that’s coming to Video On Demand this weekend, we get a new story of how we meet our doom.

Now I’m not a big Gerard Butler fan, but I was pretty ok with him here.  Unlike his last end of the world film from 2017, Geostrom, he’s not the go-to guy that can fix any problem that came his way.  Here he’s just a normal guy, with no secret special skills from any previous life experience, who’s trying to save his family any way he can.  And his co-star, Morena Baccarin, is pretty much on the same level.  I think it’s that that made the story more compelling.

As I watched their journey, I did like some of the special effects.  But since I’m also a guy who likes to see things get blown up, I think they could have thrown in a few more big explosive events.  But that’s just a matter of preference.  On the plus side to that, it meant the film had to rely on the performance of its lead actors and supporting cast rather than the CGI.

Although there were a few moments in the movie that seemed way too generic and restrained, the action is good, but not great.  The story itself is more intriguing when you think about how just a few short weeks ago, earth almost had a very real run-in with a car-sized asteroid.  Granted it missed us by a lot, it still created some interest, just like the planet killer, Clarke did in Greenland.

Will this be the all-time best end of the world film?  No.  But with the country still in a personal quarantine state, it wouldn’t be a bad way to spend a couple of hours.  Who knows, maybe you could pick-up a few survival technics at the same time.



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