"Reel Reviews: ‘Greenland’ just like every other end-of-world movie out there" by: Jessica Shepard

   I have to preface this with saying that I originally wanted to watch this movie because it appeared different than others at first glance.
   Plus, it was a newly released Redbox rental and with the way the weather’s been, I wanted to spend more time snuggled up at home next to the fireplace than out and about in the theater.
   Sadly, it wasn’t engaging enough to keep me from tuning out the subpar storyline and dialogue.
   Usually, I can manage anything Gerard Butler is in because he’s a great actor, but this flick wasn’t able to keep my attention and I spent more time shaking my head at the terrible way they all tried so hard for a flop of a film.
   Initially, Greenland, with a comet set to “pass by” Earth with a great light show, looked like the love child of other disaster movies: “2012” (2009) and “Armageddon” (1998).
   However, that would be too easy of a movie to watch and have a way worse cast.
   Greenland is a disaster film directed by Ric Roman Waugh and written by Chris Sparling.
   The film stars Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Floyd, Scott Glenn, David Denman and Hope Davis.
   It clocks in at 119 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of disaster action, some violence, bloody images and brief strong language.
   John Garrity (Butler) is a structural engineer living in Atlanta Georgia with his estranged wife Allison (Baccarin) and their diabetic son Nathan (Floyd).
   He returns home to watch the near-passing of a recently discovered interstellar comet named Clarke with his family and neighbors.
   At a grocery store, John receives a strange automated phone call informing him that he and his family have been preselected for emergency sheltering.
   Confused and concerned, he returns home just as a comet fragment enters the Earth’s atmosphere on live television.
   The fragment is predicted to land near Bermuda but instead strikes Tampa Florid – vaporizing the city and a large part of the state.
   John once again receives an automated call with instructions to be at Warner Robins Air Force Base to make an evacuation flight.
   The catch is that there can only be one packed bag per family member and it’s the middle of their viewing party.
   None of his friends received the same call and are understandably freaking out.
   The Garrity family then learns from neighbor Ed that “Clarke” is actually a giant cluster of objects expected to bombard Earth over the next two days, with the biggest fragment expected to cause an extinction-level event.
   The family packs up and leaves and has to face their neighborhood friends as they flee.
   It’s understandably a heartbreaking move that only gets worse when their neighbor Nancy begs them to take her daughter with them.
   Sadly, the family can’t and is only allowed to count themselves as family due to limited space on the planes and in the shelters.
   Things only get worse for the family when their son’s diabetic medication gets left behind in the car in the mad shuffle to get checked in for their flight.
   Overall, it’s a bit tense of a flick, but nothing special.
   I’d definitely say save your time and money and re-watch one of your disaster videos at home.   

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