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‘Greenland’ proves disaster movies never go out of fashion. Back in its 1970s heyday it was a hugely popular genre. The box office dollars made saw plenty of imitators. The natural or human-made disasters befalling a group of thinly drawn characters drew in audiences. ‘Greenland’ serves up its own take with performances playing second fiddle to catastrophic calamity.

When fragments of a massive comet due to crash into Earth, humanity’s extinction awaits. The only chance of survival lies in a group of state of the art bunkers in Greenland. Among those desperate to reach this destination is John (Gerard Butler), his wife Allison (Morena Baccarin) and son Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd). As the world panics and gradually implodes, John races across the continent to protect his family at any cost.

A mix of spectacle and human drama, ‘Greenland’ mostly works. Whilst having lots of big budget CGI, the script is intent on showing how humanity reacts to such an event. The desperate and sometimes savage need to survive is starkly seen. These lend an air of reality, making you believe what’s happening in spite of many clichés in ‘Greenland’.

The cast do a reasonable job in conveying their character’s raw emotions. ‘Greenland’ won’t win any Oscars, but the stoic conviction they inject into their roles allows one to care about them. Although ‘Greenland’ often suffers from slow pacing and a padded out feel. A punchier sense of urgency would have made ‘Greenland’ more captivating rather than occasionally dull.

‘Greenland’ offers morbid fascination for those wanting to see Earth’s end. It’s uncertain whether that would be at the top of anyone’s ‘must see’ list but ‘Greenland’ gives yet another pointer in how the world may end. Hopefully the world’s ultimate fate is awhile off yet so that viewers can enjoy even more earth-destructing movies in the comfort of their lounge rooms.

Rating out of 10: 6

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