Greenland

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A comet is hurtling towards earth. Initially it is seen as a thing of wonder as the authorities tell everyone that it will break up in the atmosphere, with only fragments landing in the ocean. Alas, as you have probably guessed, this is not the case and it will cause untold destruction and the end of civilisation as we know it. John Garrity (Gerard Butler) gets a presidential alert informing him that he and his family – wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and their kid Nathan – have been chosen for shelter. Carnage ensues as we follow the Garrity’s frantic rush to get to shelter on time, with an array of obstacles and setbacks befalling them. 

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen), Greenland is an entertaining and colourful spectacle that is as predictable, riddled with cliches, stuffed with cheese as you can imagine. We see the chaos firsthand as society crumbles around them and people get desperate, violent and eager to survive. The Garrity’s suffer riots, fights and getting shot at – a trip to the supermarket to pick up supplies is a particularly hairy experience. As well as obstinate officials, traffic jams and getting separated a few times to really up the tension!

Gerard Butler is the perfect fit for this film, a gruff, family loving, ordinary-ish bloke caught up in ridiculous circumstances. The kind of role he can pull off with his eyes closed. Morena Baccarin (Deadpool) does the best with what she is given, as does Scott Glen (The Bourne Ultimatum) in his all too brief role as her dad Dale. Refreshingly their child Nathan – as played by Roger Dale Floyd – has a bit of smarts and is not the standard dumb, annoying kid.

If you have seen 2012 you know what to expect, a decent saturday night flick that does not require you to engage your brain in any way. Big dumb fun that you wont need to see again.  

6/10

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