Gerard Butler and director Ric Roman Waugh second collaboration “Greenland” is a formulaic Hollywood disaster film. Full of cliche and predictable plot.⠀

The film will definitely bring you back to 1998, the year when “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact” dominated the box office and pop culture. Nonetheless, in “Greenland”, there’s no space hero who can save the day, and the President of the United States is no longer full of wisdom and leadership…you got my point? It’s so hard to trust the authority anymore, whether in the film or in the real world. “Greenland” somehow reflects the world we’re living in right now vividly. The powerlessness for facing the reality, the eagerness for survival, and the collapse of the society and orders.⠀

People show the darkest and brightest side of humanity. The air is filled with reddish dust. Countless meteorites are clearly visible, falling slowly from the sky. Like the doomsday’s countdown, reminding people that the end of the world is right at the corner.⠀

We all know what we have to sacrifice to survive. A meteorite doomsday or a global pandemic can not, and will not beat us. Movies always give us the most severe imagination of disasters and at the same time, portray the most beautiful hymns of life. It’s one of the strangest times for humanity. We have never needed movies this much, and movies have never needed us this much as well.

GRADE: C

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  • Distributor: HBO
  • Production: STX Films, Thunder Road Pictures, G-BASE, Antion, and Riverstone Pictures
  • Director: Ric Roman Waugh
  • Writer: Chris Sparling
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, and Scott Glenn

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