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Movie Review - Greenland (2020)

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Greenland (2020) Movie Poster

Greenland (2020) Movie Poster

Overview

Greenland (2020) is a American natural disaster film directed by Ric Roman Waugh and screenplay written by Chris Sparling. The film is produced by Thunder Road, Anton, and G-Base. Greenland (2020) is distributed by STX Films and first released in Belgium theaters on July 29, 2020. The film was then released in the United States on December 18, 2020. Since it’s release, the film has grossed over $47.8 million in box office revenue. Greenland (2020) cast stars Gerald Butler, Morena Baccarin, Scott Glenn, King Bach, and Roger Dale Floyd.

Left to Right: Morena Baccarin, Scott Glenn, Director Ric Roman Waugh, Gerald Butler

Left to Right: Morena Baccarin, Scott Glenn, Director Ric Roman Waugh, Gerald Butler

Summary

In the beginning of the film, a construction engineer named John Garrity (Gerald Butler) gets frustrated at his job and tells one of his co-worker that he has to get to meet his family. John drives through the neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia and arrives at his house. He meets Allison (Morena Baccarin) and his son Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd) who is suffering from diabetes. They have a house barbeque party with their neighbors to watch the interstellar comet named Clarke pass by Earth on T.V.. Allison asks John to go to the grocery store to buy hot dog buns and mustard.


John meets his son Nathan

John meets his son Nathan

At the grocery store parking lot, John and Nathan see a huge fleet of military planes flying over them. John gets an emergency alert on his phone that informs him and his family that they are selected to evacuate inside a secret bunker. John and Nathan arrive home to see the party just getting started. John tells Allison that he received an emergency call from his phone. John’s family and the neighbors witness the comet debris fall down from the sky on T.V. which causes a huge shockwave inside the home. On T.V., it shows the city of Tampa, Florida burning in flames. John receives the emergency call again telling him to meet at Robins Air Force Base for evacuation and tells Allison to pack up. John and his family leave their driveway, but they are stopped by one of his neighbors pleading for him to take their daughter. He refuses and drives away.

John gets a emergency call informing that he and his family has been selected for bunker hideout

John gets a emergency call informing that he and his family has been selected for bunker hideout

Comet explosion in Tampa, Florida seen on T.V.

Comet explosion in Tampa, Florida seen on T.V.

John and his family arrive at the Robins Air Force Base where there is a huge crowd wanting to go in. John and his family make it to the checkpoint, but find out that Nathan’s insulin is missing. John tells Allison and Nathan to wait at the checkpoint. John rushes back to the car as Allison and Nathan are stopped by an Air Force guardsman. An Air Force major denies entrance for Allison and Nathan after finding out that Nathan is diabetic. John grabs the insulin from the car and returns back to the base. Allison and Nathan lose John and leave the military base. John gets inside the military plane and finds out that his family is missing. Allison finds out that Nathan is running out of insulin and she leaves a note message on John’s car window that she is heading to dad’s house. A passenger tells John where he got the insulin package and tells him that the military doesn’t allow people with bad health conditions inside the plane. A huge mob with guns raid the Air Force base and John leaves the plane. A huge plane explosion occurs after a gas fuel leak catches on fire.


John asks an Air Force guardsman where his family is

John asks an Air Force guardsman where his family is

Military plane explodes from the fuel leak

Military plane explodes from the fuel leak

John returns back to his car and finds a note from Allison. Allison and Nathan reach the nearest pharmacy which is overrun by looters. Allison heads over the counter to find insulin and sees a huge mob of looters with guns raiding the pharmacy. Allison pleads with the looters to not shoot her and her son. The looters spare her life as Allison and Nathan ask a nearby couple for a ride. The couple agrees to give Allison and Nathan a ride to Lexington, Kentucky. In the city, John looks for a ride and calls Allison. Allison tells John that she is safe, but suddenly the phone connection cuts off. The couple pulls over and grabs Allison out of the car, only leaving Nathan. Allison becomes distraught and hitchhikes for a ride. John gets a ride from a truck driver heading towards Kentucky. John meets a survivor named Colin (King Bach) while on the road. Colin tells John that an evacuation is happening in Canada and that planes are flying over to Greenland for bunker shelter. Allison gets a ride from a family heading towards Lexington. Another survivor attacks John after finding out John’s wristband that allows entrance to the military base evacuation. The truck driver loses control of the car and throws all of the survivors out of the truck. John manages to kill the attacker with a hammer and finds Colin lying dead on the floor from the crash.


Allison and Nathan runs to the couple for a ride

Allison and Nathan runs to the couple for a ride

At the FEMA camp, the couple instructs Nathan to call them mom and dad to the military guards. They make it to the checkpoint and Nathan tells the guards that the couple isn’t his parents. The military police take the couple away and Allison arrives at the FEMA camp. Allison pleads with the FEMA workers that her son is at the camp and gets help from one of the workers to search for her lost son. Allison spots Nathan in one of the tents and reunites. The FEMA nurse tells Allison that the military will offer to give her a ride to her father’s house. The next day, John reaches his empty neighborhood and searches for water. He breaks inside one of the neighbor’s houses and grabs food supplies. He turns on T.V. and finds out that the last comet will have a huge destructive impact on Earth. John steals the neighbor’s car and heads to his father-in-law’s house. John arrives and meets his father-in-law Dale (Scott Glenn) at his house. Dale gets a phone call from Allison that they are at a nearby store. John and Dale reunite with Allison and Nathan. They return to Dale’s house and John tells Allison that there is an evacuation going on in Canada. Dale tells John’s family that he isn’t going with them and prepares to die alone when the huge comet comes. John’s family says their final goodbye to Dale and takes Dale’s truck.


John returns back to his neighborhood, only to find it in damaged state

John returns back to his neighborhood, only to find it in damaged state

Dale says his final goodbye to John and his family

Dale says his final goodbye to John and his family

John’s family reaches New York and hears an emergency announcement that a huge debris is falling from the sky. Small fragments fall from the sky as drivers drive away. John and his family manage to take cover in the overpass. As the debris stops, John and his family continue their way to Canada. John and his family sees the planes flying from the runway. John quickly drives towards the runaway and blocks one of the planes. A pilot angrily confronts him to move his car and John persuades the pilot to let his family in. The pilot agrees to take them in and the plane takes off from the runway. John and his family look out the window to see that they made it to Greenland. Suddenly, a huge comet fragment falls from the sky and causes a huge shockwave. The pilots lose control of the plane and dangerously land on the ground. John finds both of the pilots dead and spots the military plane landing. John leads the survivor to the military bunker where the military trucks arrive and takes them in.


Huge debris falling from the sky

Huge debris falling from the sky

John's family and survivors bracing for impact on the plane

John's family and survivors bracing for impact on the plane

Once they arrive at the bunker, John’s family sees the final comet falling from the sky and burning up the atmosphere. John’s family and the survivor quickly rush to the bunker as the countdown happens. They make it inside the bunker where they wait for the shockwave to occur. A flashback occurs in John’s mind, showing memories of his cheerful family. The screen fades to black and shows major cities in ruin. John’s family and the survivors walk outside to see Greenland in total ruin. Nathan spots two birds flying in the sky and John’s family becomes overjoyed to see hope. In the finale, the overview shows Earth with huge dotted craters.

Huge explosion caused by the final comet

Huge explosion caused by the final comet

Review

Greenland (2020) is an awesome film that viewers should watch if they are a fan of the natural disaster genre. This movie will make you jump out of your seat and the non stop action that unfolds in every scene. Gerald Butler does a great job of taking the role as the father and the unbreakable bond with family. After seeing this film, I couldn’t find one scene that wasn’t entertaining. This film also has an emotional side which will make you root for the family all the way. Greenland (2020) is now on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube for $19.99.

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© 2020 Daniel Won

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on December 20, 2020:

Nice review.