Gerard Butler … John Garrity
Morena Baccarin … Allison Garrity
Roger Dale Floyd … Nathan Garrity
Scott Glenn … Dale
Randal Gonzalez … Bobby
Scott Poythress … Kenny
Claire Bronson … Debra Jones
Madison Johnson … Ellie Jones
Gary Weeks … Ed Pruitt
Tracey Bonner … Peggy Pruitt
Merrin Dungey … Major Breen
Written by Chris Sparling
Directed by Richard Roman Waugh
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Greenland follows the long tradition of disaster films such as independence Day, Day after tomorrow and 2012 – basically every film by Roland Emmerich – tells the story of a broken family who revive their love in the midst of a devastating apocalypse. Billions of people die in this film, but who cares as long as the main characters survive to the end? In this case, John Garrity (Gerard Butler) and Allison (Morena Baccarin) are newly separated parents who are struggling to adjust to their new lifestyle. “How long will that be uncomfortable,” John asks his ex-wife at the beginning of the film. “As long as there isn’t a world event just around the corner,” she replies.
Not really. But you understand the essentials.
As it turns out, there is a world-breaking scenario in the form of a deadly comet named Clarke, which broke into smaller pieces while flying past the earth and is now raining on the planet like a biblical plague. Because of this, NASA is using some oil drills to plant a nuclear device in the oncoming asteroid – no, sorry. Wrong movie. The comet hits and starts a deadly frost that chases our heroes around a building – damn it. This is Day after tomorrow. Oh yes, the oncoming comet hits the ocean, creating a wave that crashes New York in spectacular fashion. Close enough.
No, we never get the big bucks that set the Statue of Liberty on fire, but that’s probably because Greenland only cost about $ 35 million. And while there are indeed intense moments when things blow up really well, director Ric Roman Waugh continues to focus on John, his wife, and child. and their efforts to fend off a world plunged into chaos.
The more this family unit tries to stay together, the more separated they naturally become. We learn early on that her young son Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd) has diabetes and that it is only a matter of time before that particular plot occurs and bites her ass. Sure enough, the child is losing insulin, which inexplicably sets off a chain of unfortunate – if actually random – events and leaves John separated from his wife and child.
Will they reunite in time to reach Greenland, the place where a series of underground bunkers wait to keep a select few alive amid the oncoming global killer? If you’ve seen a disaster movie, the answer is easy to guess, though writer Chris Sparling manages to toss a few curveballs in our direction to keep the tension and emotion high.
In a terrifying early scene, John receives a 911 call asking him to pack his family up for the evacuation. You see, the government understands the devastation that lies ahead and has organized a deep impact-ish lottery to ensure human survival. John and his family are selected. His neighbors are not. And there is an awkward moment when the message appears on John’s television in front of the neighbors, leading to an emotional scene in which John has to refuse a neighbor’s request to take their little daughter with him.
“What should we do,” explains John, “bring her with us and then leave her alone on the asphalt?”
Well, one could answer, we could at least try. Or, hell, bring the mother with you too so the daughter isn’t alone, because later we’ll learn that there are indeed other ways to get to the safe haven, provided you happen to run into someone on a plane. Oopsies.
The best thing Greenland The point is is the cast. Butler, Baccarin and Floyd form a believable family unit, while a supporting cast consisting of Scott Glenn, David Denman and Holt McCallany makes the most of their short screen time. There’s a great scene where Allison asks an Air Force Major (played by Merrin Dungey) for help and yells, “What would you do if it was your family?” to which the major replies: “My family was not selected [to survive]. Neither do I. “In fact, only a small handful of military personnel are selected to survive, but the film shows how the soldiers dutifully help others, regardless of their personal plight.
That’s another cool thing about the movie. Despite the numerous scenes devoted to violent, desperate people, Greenland creeps in even in quiet moments of hope and compassion. John saves a man from a burning car; A tired pilot allows John’s family to board his plane, and a soldier helps Allison find their son. As with Mimi Leder Deep Impact, Greenland It’s not so much about the tragedy as the hope that arises from it. The film follows the same usual routes as most disaster pictures and does not deserve points for novelty, but there are enough quietly compelling moments and plenty of good performances to warrant it Greenland as passable entertainment.