Can Gerard Butler save us from an Extinction level asteroid?
I do love a good old fashioned disaster movie. They are usually pretty good and fun entertainment. The ones that are made nowadays can’t match the classic ones from the 1970s of course. When those came out, you were guaranteed an all-star cast and most of them didn’t make it to the end credits. Take ‘The Poseidon Adventure‘ for instance. The cast included Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Ernest Borgnine, Leslie Nielson, and Roddy Mcdowell. How many of them survived to the end credits? ONE! ‘The Towering Inferno‘ had the advantage of starring Paul Newman, William Holden, Robert Wagner, Robert Vaughn, and my personal movie idol, the ultimate king of cool, the legend that was Steve McQueen. ‘Airport‘ starred Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin amongst others. You can’t get casts like that these days. But what the new disaster movies have are better special effects, bigger budgets, and a slightly more personal touch. Today has seen the trailer for the new Gerard Butler film ‘Greenland‘ drop. Let’s take a look at it:
A new disaster movie with the Earth under threat from space? Count me in! We have seen plenty of movies over the years that have the same set-up, ‘Armageddon‘ and ‘Deep Impact‘ being the ones that immediately stand out in my mind but you can’t help but be happy if you’re a disaster film fan to see a new movie featuring a comet threatening the world. And what has impressed me with the trailer for the film is that it not only shows the destruction and devastation that the comet is bringing and has unleashed on the planet but the fact that it shows the darker side of human nature. It shows that even under the skin of the mildest or meekest of people, a nasty, evil, threatening side lurks. The trailer shows the good and the bad of humanity and if the film can follow through on the promise that it has given us in the trailer, then it could be an enjoyable and thought-provoking tale instead of the big-budget, mindless fare that most of these types of films are nowadays (I’ll give The Day After Tomorrow, San Andreas and 2012 a pass as I enjoyed them) but you get my point (Armageddon, I’m sorry but you’re just an extended music video for Aerosmith, who are the greatest band EVER even though the film was S**t).
Morena Baccarin (Deadpool/Gotham) co-stars as Butler’s wife in the film that is directed by Ric Roman Waugh from a script by Chris Sparling and Mitchell LaFortune and is released by STX Films. The movie is scheduled to hit theatres on August 14th in a brave move in the hope audiences will go and see it after the shutdown due to COVID-19. I shall certainly be there, mask, gloves and all to see it opening weekend as this is the kind of movie I can easily sit and watch for hours. Will Butler manage to save his family from the comet and the dark side of humanity? All will be revealed soon.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!