Greenland... Not too bad

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  1. marillion

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    In all the craziness of the last year and a half, I somehow lost track of the movie Greenland. Turns out it was a bit of a sleeper hit (at least by pandemic standards).

    I watched it this week and though it's yet another "World's gonna end... Again" kind of movie, I found it to be better than the rest in its genre. Perhaps it's because Gerard Butler always seem to bring his quiet brooding "A game" to whatever role he's in..

    Yes it covers most of the tropes, especially with the diabetic kid who is in constant need of his meds, which, of course, get lost and then found along the way.

    While there are plenty of CGI disaster scenes, they are mostly off screen (or seen on TV) and I didn't find them to be over done or "in your face" (I'm looking at you, 2012).

    So overall, pretty well done. And it performed well enough to get a sequel green-lit, which will look at the aftermath and the struggle to eek out an existence by Butler and his family.
     
  2. Noname Given

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    I thought it was okay but the one ridiculous aspect for me was the fact that at the end of the film everyone in the shelter was guiding civilian planes and allowing any civilian on them into the shelter.

    Given the plot point that anyone with a chronic disability or condition that required medication was immediately excluded - the fact that at the end of the film, as the asteroid is about to hit; You have army personnel going back to get anyone who managed to land a plane in the area.

    The reason I found this ridiculous is because the only reason a government would make such restrictions is that the shelters have limited capacity and limited supplies; so they want to make sure that said shelters are not overloaded, and the survivors will have the skills needed to rebuild civilization.

    So yeah at the end where they're just going, "hey if you got here we'll just let you in..." didn't make a whole lot of sense.

    I do applaud them for giving some sense of the aftermath and not just leaving it with everyone in the shelters after the asteroids hit.

    Given the setup I'm probably more interested in the sequel film then I was in this one.
     
  3. marillion

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    Good points all around. Yes, there was some silliness, but you could possibly get around the "y'all come" aspect by assuming that not all the evacuation transports made it (as shown when the airport was over run and the planes blew up) so there was enough space for the few stragglers that managed to find air transport. To that end, I'm assuming because of the heavy load in the plane, they must have stopped in Iceland for re-fueling.

    The one thing, now that I look back, is how I get the government hid the truth about the impact so that there wouldn't be mass panic (at least until the very end), but with all the professional and amateur astronomers out there, there's NO WAY some of them wouldn't have figured out that there would be a major impact and let the cat out of the bag. Unless, of course, the unified world governments quietly snuffed those scientists out before they could go public.
     
  4. Vger23

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    I thought it was pretty good. A bright spot of something a little different amongst the wave-afer-wave-after-wave-after-wave of comic book / super hero genre movies was extremely welcome.
     
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