An interesting end of the world type thriller, with a ton of twists that seem to be solved too easily. So, is Greenland worth a watch?
Greenland is a movie that will certainly have you on the edge of your seat, and likely stressed to the max, but there are moments that are predictable, and off. While the acting is pretty decent, and the cinematography is good, the “threats” are overcome too quickly to feel real. However, if you enjoy end of the world type thrillers, you will likely really enjoy Greenland!
Almost all of Greenland takes place in about a 24 hour period. As an extinction level comet hurtles towards Earth, the John Garrity, played by Gerard Butler, tries to get his family to a government plane that will take them to safety. Apparently the government has selected people based on their skill sets to be safe — and the Garritys were a few of the lucky ones.
Once news of this group hits the public, there are more threats that block the Garritys than just natural disaster ones. Of course some people are willing to do just about anything to save themselves and their families at this point. While others have simply given up and embraced the fact that this is the end.
What follows is two hours of complete stress. I was biting my nails as I watched the film because I was so concerned about what was going to happen. Naturally, I drew parallels to how the world would act if this really happened… and with there still being two weeks left in 2020, I wouldn’t be shocked if it did.
What Didn’t Work?
I had two main issues with Greenland. The first being that any scene taking place at night was too dark. When I say dark I mean literally — it was hard to see some things that were going on. The daytime scenes were fine, and I had no issues with those, but a lot of the action that happened at night was hard to follow because it was hard to make out.
My other issue is that there were so many major threats packed into this 24 hour period, that they were forced to be overcome very quickly. Almost too quickly. I understand that this was meant to keep the movie filled to the brim with action, which I appreciated because there was no lull. However, the amount of problems they solved and people they overcame in such a short time period doesn’t seem realistic at all.
While the movie was quite predictable — for example, the Garritys were given bracelets because they were selected so of course, people were going to be coming after them to steal them — I did enjoy it. It is jam packed with action, and if you know me, you know that I love action.
A lot of the disaster scenes were great — one of my favorites being pieces of flaming rock raining down from the sky. A lot of the actions taken by people in this movie felt realistic, although, as I said above, there was almost too much of that, and it was overcome too quickly.
If you like end of the world themed movies, Greenland is sure to be a hit with you! Not everything works, but enough does to make it worth a watch. Just be ready to get stressed out, and make an end of the world plan!
John Garrity, his estranged wife and their young son embark on a perilous journey to find sanctuary as a planet-killing comet hurtles toward Earth. Amid terrifying accounts of cities getting levelled, the Garrity’s experience the best and worst in humanity. As the countdown to the global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Hollywood Critics Association and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.