UPDATE: UK RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED. More here
Gerard Butler is back to save the world, well his family anyway. And thank god he’s here. If COVID-19 is anything to go by, Gerry is exactly the kind of celebrity we need in a crisis, given that he hasn’t decided to blight our lives still further by releasing a version of Imagine, or posted videos of himself in a rose petal-strewn bath (actually Gerry, yes please do that last one).
What we need right now is the familiar, and this first trailer for Greenland – with Butler trying to save his family when a wayward comet unleashes an Extinction Level Event – is both very 2020 and very ’90s. I half-expected him to tell his wife she was his Wonderwall. I just hope they’ve included a scene with that guy who hoarded all the hand sanitiser discovering it does jack-shit against a flaming asteroid.
And it does feel rather familiar. The TV news shows getting more serious. The sky filling with fighter planes. Flocks of birds getting the hell out. A freeway traffic jam suddenly bombarded with flaming space rocks. Still, never mind TENET, this will definitely get me back into the cinema, once I’ve checked the trajectory of every comet within 100,000 miles of Earth.
Gerry is John (according to the trailer) or Jeff (according to IMDB), and he’s trying to get his family to Greenland, where all the world’s bigwigs are retreating to massive bunkers to see out this humanity-ending nightmare, away from looters stealing loo roll and millionaire pastors giving the asteroid a big telling off.
Greenland also stars Morena Baccarin as John/Jeff’s wife, and is directed by Ric Roman Waugh, who also directed Angel Has Fallen.
Current release dates are 14 August in the US and 21 August in the UK, IN CINEMAS! (Theaters if you’re American.)