Greenland is a 2020 American disaster film directed by Ric Roman Waugh, from a screenplay by Chris Sparling. It stars Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, David Denman, Hope Davis, Holt McCallany and Scott Glenn, following an estranged family that tries to survive an extinction-level event.
There's nothing like timing a disaster film to coincide with a similar real-life event - minus the devastating consequences of course.
Ric Roman Waugh's Greenland had been released just as the comet Neowise was coursing through our skies. The astronomical phenomena was at its brightest on 22 July, becoming as bright as the North Star and visible without visual aids, creating a stir around the world. The film was first released around this time on July 29, 2020 in Belgium, and is scheduled to release in the United States on September 25, 2020, by STX Entertainment
The comet in Greenland however, had a very different idea.
Dubbed 'Clark', the cosmic entity was announced to be a spectacular and harmless viewing event. Then it became that a rogue piece had entered the atmosphere, but would mostly burn itself out and land in the ocean. Everyone was thrilled, until the piece made landfall... in Central Florida.
Greenland follows the Garrity family as they make their way to safety. Gerald Butler and Morena Baccarin are estranged couple John and Allison, who work together to bring their son Clayton (Scott Glenn) to their ordained government shelter.
Replete with catastrophic events as the urgency builds up, the film's visuals are worth looking out for, both for its terrifying scale yet surreal beauty. It is one of the highlights, even as an extinction-level fragment is making its way within 48 hours of the first impact.