Reminiscent of the big budget disaster films from the 90’s, cheap thrills and end-of-the-world shenanigans are all here and accounted for, if that’s all you expect to find in Greenland. I want to say it’s a tad more creative than the other films of its kind from previous years but at this point, did I really find anything different here compared to the other types of films now?
Actually.....yes. A little bit.
Cinematography and editing can best be described as subpar; nothing too basic or dismal about it. There’s a decent ensemble of actors and actresses involved with Butler and Baccarin carrying the movie quite well with their chemistry and the child actor, Roger Dale Floyd, definitely also added something good with his performance. Unlike Geostorm, the CGI and special effects that were in the movie were convincing, looked very real and good on the screen most of the time, setting was very defined, music is chilling and suspenseful albeit a little on the nose and the film actually tried to give us a little something regarding the characters involved and how the incoming destruction either brings them together or drives them further apart. Full disclosure: I didn’t mind the family drama. It’s actually kind of smart in how it handles it's characters and the plot is not always straight forward. The movie tries less to create tension with the looming disaster but rather does so through the human element and the different characters the family members meet on their way while showcasing both the noble and dark sides of human nature, when everyone knows the end of the world is near. Unfortunately, that did result in me nearly drowning out from the entire end-of-the-world charade and losing some believability in the threat being presented, which is a damn shame because of how unpredictable the plot actually can be.
I appreciate that the focus was more on personalities and the intrigue than on the disaster but if they had tried to balance the two factors out, maybe this could’ve been the new blueprint into giving these types of films more relevance again. but given this entire genre follows a very strict run-of-the-mill-how-to-make-a-disaster-movie guideline and thus film did its damnedest to stray as far away from the path as possible, it’s safe to say I’m.....impressed?