Film Review: Greenland

Gerard Butler is possibly one of the least likely action heroes. Firstly, Hollywood blockbusters aren’t exactly normally the province of a leading Scotsman. Indeed, you’re more like to get Mel Gibson or Christopher Lambert murdering a Scottish accent. Then, there’s the fact he graduated from law school, which marks him out as someone a bit different. However, he’s always had itchy feet and very much perused a career in acting. After almost a decade of bit parts and supporting roles, he got his big break in Zack Snyder’s 300 and has never looked back. His latest is Greenland.

Working as a structural engineer in Atlanta, John Garrity (Butler) is trying to rescue his marriage. When a comet heads towards Earth he finds himself on a government evacuation list with his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and diabetic son Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd). They must head across state to a military rendezvous point. However, as panic sets in, they’re not alone. Making their journey a perilous race against time.

Unlike most other modern comet/meteor end of Earth blockbusters, Greenland focuses on the family drama. Whilst the outside events are obviously pressing, Ric Roman Waugh’s film is, at its heart, about a man trying to rescue his marriage and be a good father. This gives the big events the human element which is so often lacking. Don’t be fooled though, Greenland still has all the apocalyptic elements you’d expect from a big Hollywood action film. They’re just not always front and centre.

Special features:

  • Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Director Ric Roman Waugh
  • Humanity – Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Director Ric Roman Waugh and VFX Supervisor Mark Massicotte take audiences behind the scenes of the exhilarating story
  • Feature Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh and Producer Basil Iwanyk

Greenland is available now to buy on digital in the US. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment on 9 February.

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