Greenland ★★★½

um, this is a good movie?

i enjoy gerard butler's workmanlike 'fallen' movies, and it's possible that at one point in the not-too-distant past i even went on to a friend about how he is the last of the pure B-movie action stars, and i honestly expected this to be along those lines. but it's not!

what it is is a movie that i would argue sits somewhere in the middle of the armageddon/melancholia spectrum. sure, there are the "LOOK AT THE PIECES OF THE COMET HITTING THE EARTH" scenes, but there are also long stretches where nothing particularly "actiony" happens, and other scenes where the drama is much more intimate, realistic, and maybe even thought-provoking.

look, i don't want to oversell this: it AIN'T 'melancholia.' it's just that it was a lot more INTERESTING than i expected it to be, and i suspect it's gonna mostly be overlooked by people who - not unreasonably! - assume it's yet another big dumb apocalypse movie. and i don't think that's what it is. or, at least, it's not JUST that.

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