“My friend Teddy says your life flashes in front of your eyes when you die. I think it would be better if it did that while you lived. That way, you could see all the good memories and be happy.” – Nathan Garrity
Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Nov 2020)
Brief Synopsis – After news of an impending natural disaster is announced, an engineer and his family try to get to safety.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have been anticipating to see since the summer and was glad to finally have the opportunity to do so.
The plot is actually much more powerful due to the current world situation which helps make things feel even more relevant to the climate we all find ourselves in.
They do a wonderful job showing how a natural global disaster can affect people on a personal level.
The choice to stay almost entirely on one small family unit works really well in showing the issues that they must deal with along the way in a gripping way.
Most disaster movie like this one focus on ensemble cast, but the fact that they have only one focal point here really makes things more powerful.
The use of special effects is done really well in showing the impending danger all around and allows the viewer to really believe the events as depicted here despite a few plot holes along the way.
The movie has a great cast and both Gerard Butler and Monica Baccarin are wonderful in there roles because they help make us care so much about their characters as things unfold.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea that is even more powerful in the current world and climate we live in. The story is able to show a global disaster on a personal level and it works quite well especially since it remains focused on one family instead of on an ensemble cast like most films of this genre. The special effects are quite realistic and we can truly believe the events that are depicted here. The cast is great and Butler and Baccarin help make us care so much about these characters as things unfold. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original Earth-grazing asteroid, prior to its breaking up, is named Clarke. This is undoubtedly after Arthur C. Clarke, who set up the plot for his 1973 novel Rendezvous With Rama by describing an asteroid strike in 2077 which destroys much of Northern Italy. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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I’ve so been looking forward to this. I haven’t watched a disaster movie in a while and something about this year makes Greenland look all the more tempting!
I really felt disappointed after watching this, I wanted so much more disaster material, in the end I felt like it was the boring part of Deep Impact, the Elijah Wood bit