Throughout the projection of The Day of the End of the World – Gerard Butler’s most recent film – it seems that we are facing an amalgam of disaster films. From those of the cinema of the 70s, through the revival in the 90s, to the most recent ones: these are both good and bad news.
The story of The Day of the End of the World introduces us to John Garrity (Gerard Butler), a prominent Atlanta architect. He has Nathan, a diabetic son (it wouldn’t be a disaster movie if they didn’t give certain characters conflicts that will help the plot later), and Alison, his ex-wife and with whom he will try to make things right for Nathan’s sake.
In the news they offer details of Comet Clark that will pass close to Earth. However, everything is getting out of control, or at least for ordinary citizens who were unaware that in reality important traces of the comet will collide with our planet causing a total cataclysm.
And it is at this point where the film begins to be the mixture of natural disaster tapes we were referring to, entering the scenarios already known to many. Unlike other productions where a meteor will collide with the Earth, understand Armageddon by Michael Bay, The day of the end of the world is closer to living within the universe of Deep Impact by Mimi Leder, in which a family must do everything possible to get to the shelter that the government built for some selected people.
On the other hand, the fact that the child suffers from diabetes makes the family have to separate due to various circumstances. This scenario complicates things a lot so that they can be together again. Something similar to JA Bayona’s The Impossible, where Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts must keep the family together in the midst of a tsunami that devastated the place.
The truth is that the film offers the moments of tension and action typical of a disaster film. Especially sometimes it presents us with uncomfortably familiar scenarios or situations in the times we are living in: human beings who see for themselves and can pass over the most needy and even violate them to obtain what they want. However, there are also people who help the main family without expecting anything in return. In the end, this fiction is at the height of our reality.
The day of the end of the world turns out to be a paradoxical film, which at times disconnects us from our problems, from our 2020 and which places us within another probably more catastrophic scenario with the fall of a meteorite. But at times it reminds us that the human being is complex and it does not matter if there is a deadly virus or a pandemic, there will be those who only see for themselves.
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Original title: Greenland
Director: Ric Roman Waugh (President Under Fire)
Actors: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin
Release date:November 19, 2020 (US)
Sergio López Aguirre Stanley Kubrick once said “To have a broader vision, not only see good movies, but also the bad ones” obviously I listened to him in the second and it is very funny.