Comet hits Earth in bleak disaster movie

Did Gerard Butler take performing classes from the MGM Lion? He growls and snarls identical to Leo in his newest function, as an engineer making an attempt to save lots of his spouse and younger son from an apocalyptic comet’s impression in “Greenland.”

Running time: 119 minutes. Rated PG-13 (intense sequences of disaster motion, some violence, bloody photographs and temporary sturdy language). On Demand.

Butler’s fairly dangerous — not horrible — however the movie itself is sort of watchable, if so much bleaker than your common disaster flick. “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Poseidon Adventure” didn’t, in my recollection, have merciless kidnappings of younger boys or murders by hammer.

As a comet referred to as Clarke approaches Earth, John (Butler) will get an automatic textual content message from the Department of Homeland Security saying his household has been chosen for relocation. He’s informed to go to Robins Air Force Base in Georgia along with his spouse Allison (Morena Baccarin), 8-year-old son Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd) — and nobody else. They’re confused. Is it a take a look at? The comet had Hale-Bopp-level pleasure round it.

That’s when the household activates the information and sees {that a} shard of the house rock has hit Florida. “TAMPA GONE,” the ticker says. Hop in the automotive, guys!

From then on, the revelations in director Ric Roman Waugh’s movie are shrewdly unveiled. We study John is one in all a small variety of extremely expert professionals who’ve been picked for survival in an underground base in Greenland: dwelling to glaciers and a inhabitants the scale of White Plains. Those not fortunate sufficient to obtain a authorities textual content flip to any methodology, together with crime, to snag a spot on the planes. Chris Sparling’s script exhibits humanity at its worst.

Of course, it would not be a lot of a narrative if Butler and Co. simply caught a flight and arrived on the island with ease. Roadblocks pop up that make their journey harrowing and unhappy. Much of the heft is owed to the smallest cast member, Floyd, a deep-feeling baby actor who has a hard-hitting scene exterior one other air power base. Poor child has to cry buckets.

The ending, nonetheless, is just too squeaky clear and apparent to wrap up this messy story. It lacks any factor of the sudden, and we have all seen higher CGI photographs of destroyed cities in disaster movies for years. Roland Emmerich in all probability has a folder on his laptop computer filled with them.

Whatever. As far as Butler’s movies go, “Greenland” might have been a lot worse. “The Bounty Hunter” was so terrible, after watching it I felt like … a comet had simply hit Earth!



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