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      Checked this movie out solely cos I still like Gerard butler (yeah im among the minority that do) and for Morena Baccarin (one of the last few remaining conventionally beautiful actresses in Hollywood that hasnt been replaced by the new age woke shitty ones that specifically want to avoid the 'male gaze').

      A disaster flick that focuses less on the disaster part and more on the human nature part. Starting with a premise similar to 'Armageddon' and 'Deep impact', this movie is spiritually more similar to 'Deep impact', in terms of the frantic dark reality that a potential catastrophic event can trigger. Yes, this theme has been extensively explored in '2012', 'World War Z', 'War of the Worlds' etc. Still its a theme that never gets old, atleast personally.

      The crux of the story is, a typical couple, whose marriage is on the rocks, and their 'diabetic' son (which has become a cliche plot-device by now) have to navigate through panicked mobs all over the US, to get to the safe haven after they have been handpicked by lottery. You have your garden variety racists, good samaritans, wolves disguised as good samaritans etc. along the way. There are some incredibly done bleak moments that are balanced out by some coincidentally convenient plot points. But I personally, did enjoy some seemingly small family moments in the movie. Like the moment where Allison(Baccarin) meets her father. Up until that point she is portrayed as a strong willed woman with her husband and child, but when she meets her dad, she weeps as she hugs him, regressing back into the little girl in her Dad's arms.

      Nobody watches disaster flicks for oscar worthy perfomances. Still everybody did a respectable job. Its a significant improval for Butler from his previous critically panned debacle disaster flick 'Geostorm' (personally felt it was watchable solely cos I watched it on the big screen). Butler's scottish accent sounded a lil weird though. About Baccarin, MY GOD! she still looks gorgeous as hell even 18 years after her breakout role as the graceful Inara in 'Firefly'.

      This a competent flick to pass time, though personally, it could have been more tense, darker and intense. Cos the realist in me believes that when push comes to shove in such situations, we can warp into being real monsters. Like the iconic Joker line goes '
      Their morals, their code; it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. When the chips are down these civilized people? They'll eat each other.' or a personal favourite line from an old show, 'People are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling'.

      Rating- 3/5
      Last edited by Dr.BenAbraham; 18th December 2020 at 09:26 AM.
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