“A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth,” reads the description for the forthcoming action film Greenland. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Angel Has Fallen), the blockbuster looks exactly the same as World War Z, Volcano, Twister etc. only this time it’s comet fragments that are terrorising the citizens of Earth.
From what I can glean from the trailer, our hero is a muscly (but slightly flawed) dad played by Gerard Butler who’s ready to kick the ass of anything that gets in between him saving his missus and kid from the comets. It even has one of those traffic jam scenes that all these movies have where it goes quiet for a bit before… BOOM! Shit hits the fan from every direction, causing the dad to pull some sort of driving maneuver that no one else had even thought of yet.
I’m sure the studio is trying to ride that Contagion style wave of interest in disaster films, and undoubtedly people will be lapping up this shit, sending the trailer to their mates trying to convince them that this would happen. But is it really likely? According to NASA, there’s a 0.1 percent chance of a city-destroying comet hitting Earth each year. And even if it did happen as it does in the trailer here, the world would be survived only by Gerard Butler types anyways, so would there actually be any point to living?
That said. I’ll be waiting for the slow-moving comet that is Greenland to totally annihilate any respect I ever had for the disaster film genre. It will be smashing into cinemas on August 11th.