Greenland

Greenland ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director: Ric Roman Waugh. Gerard ButlerMorena BaccarinRoger Dale Floyd 

Let’s be honest, you don’t get to watch a disaster movie waiting to see Citizen Kane: you’ve got to set your expectations to the right levels. Now, I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve been suffering from Blockbuster withdrawal syndrome and I really needed some big-budget dumb movie or because the film is actually quite good, but I have to confess that I really enjoyed this. I have never been a fan of Gerard Butler, in fact I don’t think I’ve ever watched anything with him before. I don’t quite understand his appeal, nor I find him charismatic in any way, but the film works in spite of him. The first hour it truly great. It spends its time building up the characters and setting up the stakes in such a realistic way that it makes it all much more thrilling and gripping. There’s very little that we haven’t seen before, whether in films like Deep Impact, the Day after Tomorrow or even War of the Worlds and yet among all the usual cliches like the screaming crowds scrambling for safety, the selfish survivalists, the massive explosions left and right, the highway with pack-jam traffic and the plane that must leave (right now), what anchors the film is a real sense of emotional relatability. Among the complete chaos the film focuses on one single family, as if the rest of the planet didn’t quite matter and we all end up identifying with them. Yes you heard me right I identified with Gerard Butler!

Greenland isn’t a perfect movie of course and at times it’s a bit laughable (also I would have preferred if it had stopped about 1 minute before the end) but if you’re willing to go with it and you’re in mood of an action-packed film with some emotional resonance you should really give this a go.

Within its genre, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a long time.

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