It’s better than you think. There is a genuinely skilful ensemble cast and the cinematography is often sumptuous. A couple of times we’ve thought “I can’t believe I’m watching this….is it silly?” Maybe it is, but it’s a heap of fun, tense and we’re still hanging out for what’s next. The key might be that the great cast are actually connecting us with seemingly authentic emotions, and maybe you will feel it too.
Even though your first thoughts are that this will have Gerard Butler shouting “This is Greenland!” as he kicks someone into an abyss, its actually a fair bit more thoughtful and nuanced than the average blockbuster. Lars Von-Tier’s ‘Melancholia’ it is not, but there’s enough thinky-feely stuff acting as a delicious chutney on your explodey-action hotdog, making the whole thing slightly less service station food, and a bit more artisanal food truck. However, it is still a hotdog, and there is cheese.