Yes, There Will Be A ‘Greenland’ Sequel, And Gerard Butler Is Returning

You may have missed a little disaster thriller film titled ‘Greenland‘ which was released through video on demand back in December of 2020. The movie, which stars Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin, was supposed to be released inside theaters, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed it several times.

So they decided to just put it out there, and the strategy worked because it’s slowly been growing in popularity. You can now watch it on HBO Max and Amazon Prime, and I’m surprised to say this…but it’s worth it.

The movie certainly isn’t logical, and there are some plot holes, but damn it’s ridiculously entertaining. And no one does the disaster film better than Butler. It’s his niche.

We say all this to report the delightful news that the team is returning for a sequel. Butler and Baccarin will return, along with the core filmmaking team, meaning the director and writer.

SPOILERS

In a continuation of the story, the Garrity family, who survive a near-extinction level event when an interstellar comet hits Earth, must leave the safety of the Greenland bunker and embark on a perilous journey across the decimated frozen wasteland of Europe to find a new home.

Sounds good to me, cause I’ll admit, I was kinda wondering what the hell they were supposed to do in Greenland. I mean, how were these people going to grow food and rebuild when the rest of the planet is presumably destroyed?

Looks like we’ll find out. Not sure when the movie is expected to go into production, but we’ll keep you posted.

OUCH: Gerard Butler’s ‘Geostorm’ Might Lose As Much As $100 Million

This might be one of the greatest flops of the year. Gerard Butler’s disaster movie ‘Geostorm‘ worked with a budget of $120 million (including $15 million for reshoots) and was scheduled to be released over a year ago.

It finally hit theaters this past weekend, and it did not perform well. It made just $14.7 million in the states, and has reportedly only brought home $66.8 million worldwide. According to box office experts, the break-even point for Geostorm is around $325 million, and with it only making $66.8 million so far, the future does not look good.

They say Warner Bros. is hoping the film can at least bring in $200 million worldwide, but even that seems like a stretch at the moment. If it can bring in $200 million, then the studio will only be looking at a $100 million loss. We say only because it could have been much worse if the studio went hard with the film’s promotion.

“WB cut its marketing budget for the weather-themed catastrophe movie after pushing back the release date three times from March 2016 to this past weekend, when no Thursday preview screenings were held. It didn’t help that critics gave it a 13 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.”

Surprisingly, this movie is only the second biggest flop for Warner Bros. this year. You may remember the disaster that was King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which worked with a budget of $175 million. Experts claim the film might have resulted in a $150 million loss.

Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is currently performing at number 2 in the box office. DreamWorks has done it again, so expect them to remain on the top of the list for some time.

In How to Train Your Dragon 2 we meet up with the same characters several years after the first installment. The Vikings have changed and are now embracing their dragon residents, going as far as to give them their own specially constructed stable. Stoick (voice of Gerard Butler) is still running things, but he is attempting to convince son Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), to take over the roll of chief. Hiccup has no desire to lead and instead spends most of his time riding around on his dragon, Toothless, much to the frustration of his girlfriend Astrid (America Ferrera). At one point, Hiccup discovers a group of “dragon catchers”. He learns that a warlord by the name of Drago (Djimon Hounsou) is assembling an army of dragons. He attempts to work things out peacefully, but things don’t go as planned and he is waylaid by the fierce dragon rider Valka (Cate Blanchett).

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a bit darker than the original and really focuses on things like loyalty, family and taking responsibility. Carefree Hiccup is a great foil to his responsibility laden father Stoick. This time around, there isn’t really a feeling that everything is going to work out and you’re left wondering if there will be a happily ever after.

There are plenty of action scenes and those scenes are suspenseful and heart pounding. Fabulous animation makes this movie visually stunning and appealing to younger viewers and older viewers alike. While the 3D is well done, it feels unnecessary.

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This movie doesn’t seem as well suited to younger viewers as the original was, considering that it contains both war and death, which is some pretty heavy subject matter for an under 12 audience.

The actors in this film really give great personalities to their characters and no one falls flat. Cate Blanchett was an excellent edition to the cast and seems to know her way around voicing a character. Butler and Baruchel both manage to keep their characters true to life and charismatic.

The movie has a socially conscious message, which is pretty rare for animated films. In a way it reminded me a bit of Fern Gully, which also had a heavy message portrayed in a light way. Sometimes it gets a bit too heavy and I wish they’d managed to keep this movie as light as the original, but that’s just me. Maybe the transition into a more dramatic movie was a necessary part of the character development.

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In a year of disappointing sequels, How to Train Your Dragon 2 manages to outdo the original. I doubt the trend will continue when the inevitable 3rd installment comes out, but for now, I’m just enjoying the ride. DreamWorks has a winner in this film and will find an audience of fans in both young and old viewers. Aside from the Lego Movie, this movie might actually be the best animated movie to come out this year.  Watch the official trailer below:

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