Starring: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Scott Glenn, Andrew Bachelor, David Denman, Roger Dale Floyd
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Disaster action directed by Ric Roman Waugh. The story follows John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his wife, Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son, Nathan (Roger Dale Floyd), as they embark on a dangerous journey to fight for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth.
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John Garrity: How long is this going to be awkward for? Allison Garrity: I don’t know, John. It’s not like I’m trying to make it that way.
Allison Garrity: It’s just going to take some time, and some effort from the both of us. John Garrity: We can do this, Ali.
Nathan Garrity: Mr. Williams said Clarke is like a big snowball, but made of gas. John Garrity: Wow. Asteroids are made of farts. Okay. I got it. Nathan Garrity: [laughs] No. Clarke is a comet, silly, not an asteroid. John Garrity: Oh, a comet. I didn’t know there was a difference. Nathan Garrity: Comets move faster. Like way, way faster.
Nathan Garrity: Did you know that Clarke was from a different solar system? Which is why they don’t know much about it. John Garrity: Well, now I know two things. Nathan Garrity: What? John Garrity: That you, and comets, are made of farts. Nathan Garrity: No, you are. John Garrity: No, you are!
Nathan Garrity: Is mom going to make you leave again? John Garrity: Your mom and I, we got some things to work out. But no matter what, look at me, son. I’m always going to be your father, alright? I’m never going to leave you. I love you, kiddo.
Nathan Garrity: [looking up at the sky] I don’t see Clark. John Garrity: Well, maybe he’s still sleeping. Nathan Garrity: Dad!
Nathan Garrity: [referring to the military air crafts] Where are they going? John Garrity: I don’t know. Nathan Garrity: Look! There’s Clarke! John Garrity: Woh. Looks pretty cool, huh?
Ed Pruitt: [to John] You’re just in time. One of the first chunks is about to hit. Nathan Garrity: Clarke is going to hit? Ed Pruitt: Only part of it. Don’t worry, it’s going into the ocean.
John Garrity: Listen, I just got one of those Presidential Alerts. Did you get one? Allison Garrity: No. It’s probably just a test. Can you go to the car and get the stuff? John Garrity: No, Ali. I don’t think it’s a test. They said our family’s been selected for shelter. I think something weird is going on with this comet. Allison Garrity: But the news said the fragment thing is falling somewhere near Bermuda. That’s nowhere near us! John Garrity: Then why is half of our military on the move with a ton of planes in the sky?
[they watch as the fragment hits the ocean] Ed Pruitt: Wait, where’s the explosion? Kenny: Well, it’s a chunk of rock. Rocks don’t explode. Debra: Tell that to the dinosaurs.
Nathan Garrity: [referring to the emergency shelter alert] Dad, your name is on TV.
[as Nathan’s watching them pack in panic] Allison Garrity: Oh, sweetie. Hey. Hey, look at me. Everything’s fine. We’re just rushing because we really don’t want to miss that plane. Okay? John Garrity: We’re all going to take this trip, but we’re all going to be together. Alright, kiddo?
John Garrity: Come on. Let’s go. Nathan Garrity: Look, the sky is on fire.
Ed Pruitt: Two days. They got it all wrong. There’s a s**t-ton of fragments on that thing. They’re saying that one of them is a planet killer. And now they’ve grounded all non-military flights. I mean, what do we do? John Garrity: I don’t know, Ed.
John Garrity: I don’t even know if this shelter relocation thing is real. Ed Pruitt: That’s bulls**t! And you know it! Look, I’m sorry, okay? I’m sorry. Just please give us a call if you find out anything when you get there. Like where we can go to be safe. John Garrity: You know I will, Ed.
[after their neighbor begs them to take her daughter with them] Allison Garrity: Wait! John, we got to go back! John Garrity: Ali, we can’t take her. Allison Garrity: But why? John Garrity: What? So we take her to the air base, and then leave her standing there alone when they turn her away?
[as they’re driving to the shelter] Allison Garrity: Do you think all these people were selected? John Garrity: I don’t know. Allison Garrity: What if there’s not enough room for everybody? John Garrity: Let’s just get in there first.
John Garrity: Alright, guys, we got to go. Nathan Garrity: But you hate planes. John Garrity: Alright, kiddo. I know. But sometimes you just got to suck it up. Push through, right? Even when you’re super scared. Can you do that with me, bud? Yeah? Alright, we got to go.
[after Nathan’s accidentally left his insulin in their car] John Garrity: What, are we just going to leave his insulin? I have the wristband. Allison Garrity: John. John Garrity: Look, I’ll meet you on the plane. Just text me which one you’re on.
Allison Garrity: [to Nathan, referring to John] It’s okay. He’ll be right back. Okay?
Major Breen: I’m sorry, ma’am. You should’ve been informed. Anyone with a chronic condition can’t be on the plane. Allison Garrity: It’s just diabetes. Major Breen: His medical condition should’ve been flagged at screening. I’m sorry. Allison Garrity: Look, if I hadn’t said anything to the guard ouside, he would have no idea that he had a pump. Major Breen: I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do about that, ma’am. Allison Garrity: You can pretend that you didn’t see it.
Major Breen: Ma’am, I didn’t write the rule. Sorry. Allison Garrity: Then ignore it! What if this was your family? Major Breen: My family wasn’t selected, ma’am. Ninety-nine percent of armed forces weren’t. We are all volunteers here just doing our jobs. Allison Garrity: I’m sorry. I am. But please, his father, my husband, is on one of those planes right now. What am I supposed to do?
[after John boards one of the planes] Passenger on C-17: Hey, how did you get on? John Garrity: What do you mean? I was selected. Passenger on C-17: Yeah, I know. With those. John Garrity: No, it’s my son’s. He’s diabetic. Passenger on C-17: Yeah, so is my sister’s kid, and they turned him away. They said no illnesses. Do you know somebody who can help us?
John Garrity: You got to let me out. I’ve got to get to my kid, please. I beg you. Robins AFB Airmen: You get off this plane, we are leaving without you. John Garrity: That’s okay. Just let me off the plane!
Nathan Garrity: [referring to the exploding plane] Is that dad’s plane? Allison Garrity: No, honey. See, there’s other planes. He’s not on that one, okay? We’ll find him.
[as Allison and Nathan get a ride after the shootout at the pharmacy] Judy Vento: My God. Could you hear gunfire? Ralph Vento: Yes. Judy Vento: I just started running. I turn around, and there was an old woman who’d been in a wheelchair. They just killed her. Ralph Vento: Oh, Jesus. Allison Garrity: I watched them do it. I thought they were going to shoot me.
Ralph Vento: It’s like there’s no chain of command, like there’s nobody in charge. Everybody’s running around with their heads cut off.
Judy Vento: We’ll get to Knoxville, we’ll get on a flight. Ralph Vento: Yeah, if we can get there before they take off. And if they let us through. I mean, that stupid lottery. You know the government knew about all this, and all they did was pick the rich fat cats.
Allison Garrity: My husband, we got separated. Nathan Garrity: He’s on a plane. Judy Vento: A plane? Ralph, they’re wearing those bracelets that we saw on the news. Ralph Vento: Y’all got picked? Judy Vento: Why aren’t you on that plane with him? Allison Garrity: My son, he has a medical condition, so they wouldn’t let us on. Judy Vento: Oh, what a shame. That’s a damn shame.
Colin: So what do you do? John Garrity: What? What do I do? Colin: They’re selecting people based on their professions. Like my mom, she was selected because she’s a doctor. John Garrity: I’m a structural engineer. I build buildings. Colin: We definitely need those.
John Garrity: So if your mum got accepted, why are you not with your family? Colin: I haven’t spoken to my family in seven years. I found out about all this through my sister. Yeah. Me and my mom, we had our issues. So much for holding grudges, right? What about you? John Garrity: I don’t like flying. Thought I’d walk. I lost my wife and son at the military base, and I’m trying to meet up with them now.
Colin: Alright, look. So my boy Manny that’s driving, he knows some pilots in Canada. That’s where we’re all headed. They’re giving some people rides to the shelters. John Garrity: But the shelters are classified. How would they even know where they’re going? Colin: They’ve been tracking the military flights to Greenland.
Colin: You should come with us. John Garrity: No, thanks. But I got to find my wife and family in Kentucky. Colin: So find them and meet up with us after.
John Garrity: How do you know you’re even going to get in? Colin: Only one way to find out, right?
Ralph Vento: Look, your husband, he abandoned you. But you don’t got to worry. I’m going to get your son to safety, I promise you. I’m going to get him on that plane. [he forces Allison out of the car and kidnaps Nathan]
Micah: Where are you from? John Garrity: I’m from Atlanta. Micah: Nope. Not what I’m asking. Where were you born? John Garrity: What does it matter? Micah: What matters is you don’t deserve that band.
Micah: Give me the goddamn band. John Garrity: I’m not giving you the band. Colin: Come on, fellas. Guys, he just said that it’s not going to work. [they attack John and Colin and start fighting]
Judy Vento: [after taking Nathan] What did you do? Ralph Vento: What did I do? I gave us a chance. I gave that boy a chance.
Military Escort: [to Ralph and Judy] He isn’t yours. Nathan Garrity: They’re not my parents!
Allison Garrity: I’m trying to find my son. He’s seven years-old. He’s diabetic. He was taken from me. Somebody said he could be over here! F.E.M.A. Supervisor: I’ll help you find your son, but you need to calm down. Follow me.
Allison Garrity: [after being reuinted] Oh, my God! I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry. I’ll never let that happen again. I’m so sorry. Nathan Garrity: I’m fine, mom.
Allison Garrity: We’re going to my father’s. I lost my husband. We’re going to find him. Rebecca: I’m so sorry. Where does your father live? Allison Garrity: In Lexington. Near Lexington. Rebecca: Okay. Maybe I can get you on a military bus heading in that direction. And I also put together a week’s supply of glucose tabs, and insulin, and test strips, so. I wish I could give you more, but it’s all we have. Allison Garrity: [embraces the doctor as she sobs] Thank you.
Dale: You’re alone. Where’s Allison? Where is she? John Garrity: I was hoping she’d be here. Dale: Why are my friends stuck here babysitting me while my daughter and grandson are out there alone, and I’m here with no way to find them? John Garrity: We lost each other at the airfield, and she left me a note to say to meet her here.
Dale: She told me you were moving back in. Let me guess, you had another fight? John Garrity: We both want the same thing, okay, for them to get here safely. So why don’t we try to work together?
John Garrity: God, you would think technology would work in emergencies!
Dale: What happened to you? John Garrity: Nothing. Dale: Come on. John Garrity: It’s been a long day. I just want them back.
John Garrity: [after their emotional reunion] I’m sorry, honey. I tried. I tried. Allison Garrity: I know. It’s okay. John Garrity: Kiddo. How you doing? Nathan Garrity: Good. John Garrity: Yeah? Here. Come here. How you doing? Okay? Thanks for looking after your mom, bud.
[as the news reveals the airforce base set up for selected skilled people] John Garrity: They are in Greenland. He was right. Allison Garrity: Who was right?
Allison Garrity: What are you doing, John? John Garrity: There’s another way for us to get there. Allison Garrity: Where? John Garrity: To Greenland.
John Garrity: We can make this. Allison Garrity: I don’t have my bracelet. What if they don’t let us in? And they’ve already flagged Nathan. John Garrity: Honey, it’s our only chance. Now listen. We can either stay here, or we can give it a shot. But if we give it a shot, I swear, I will get us into those bunkers. But if we’re going to go, we got to go now.
John Garrity: You need to pack some clothes, Dale. We barely have enough time as it is. Dale: Ah, somebody’s got to stay and watch Beck. Mary would kill me if I left him. Man, she spent hours in here. Now I can’t separate the smell from my memory of her anymore. God. Hay and horse s**t.
John Garrity: Dale, this isn’t some storm you can ride out. Dale: Look, I don’t fold when things get rough. I know you guys marriage was on the rocks. Every marriage goes through s**t. Every marriage goes through s**t. That don’t mean you get to jump into another woman’s bed. John Garrity: You’re right. I did. And I’m going to have to live with that for the rest of my life. I’m not expecting your forgiveness, Dale. But if I get one thing right, I’m going to get my son and my wife into that bunker.
John Garrity: You know you’ll die here, Dale. Dale: Of course I will. Today, tomorrow, ten years from now. It don’t make no difference to me. My Mary went to heaven in this place. And when the good Lord’s ready for me to join her, I’m going to be right here in this place too, bags packed.
Dale: Take care of them. John Garrity: I will. Dale: I know you will, son.
Nathan Garrity: When will I ever see you again, Grandpa? Dale: Yeah, pretty soon. All this blows over, I’ll come up, visit you and the polar bears. Nathan Garrity: Polar bears? Dale: Well, yeah. You’re going to the North Pole, right? Say hi to Santa for me. Tell him I’m still mad about the coal.
Dale: I love you, sunflower. Allison Garrity: I love you too, dad. Mom would have been proud. Dale: Of what? Allison Garrity: You finished the house.
Nathan Garrity: 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. Allison Garrity: I like that idea a lot. John Garrity: Me too. How did you get to be so smart?
[referring to the song “Tell It Like I Feel It” playing on radio] Allison Garrity: Finally. John Garrity: At least they’re going down with the band still playing. Allison Garrity: That’s true.
Allison Garrity: Do you remember the first time you met my mom? She was wearing a kilt! John Garrity: Kilt. How could I forget? Allison Garrity: She wanted you to feel at home. John Garrity: She did make me feel at home, that’s for sure. Remember she had me try to do the Highland fling? Like I know how to do the Highland fling. Ah, she was a good woman, your mum.
Allison Garrity: I heard you talking to my dad in the barn. John, I’m just as much to blame, about us. John Garrity: No. No, Ali. No. No matter how bad it got, I crossed a line, and you didn’t. Allison Garrity: Listen. I’m right where I want to be. With you, and Nathan.
Recorded Accouncement: This is an emergency alert. Small molten debris expected to fall in upstate New York. Allison Garrity: Isn’t that where we are? John Garrity: Yeah. Recorded Accouncement: Seek shelter immediately. Do not stand in the open. Seek shelter immediately. [the molten debris start hitting the road ahead of them] John Garrity: We’re getting out of here. Allison Garrity: Oh, my God! John, go!
John Garrity: [referring to the molten debris] They’re hitting everywhere! Get in the back! Cover Nathan! I’ll try to find shelter!
Yuri Leonov: [on radio] At approximately 8:47 AM Eastern Standard Time, Clarke’s largest fragment will land near western Europe, triggering a series of events. Allison Garrity: Do we even have enough time? John Garrity: I don’t know. We got just over six hours. Yeah, we can still make it.
Yuri Leonov: [on radio] The nine mile wide fragment, larger than the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, will destroy most of Europe upon impact, causing seismic events that will generate a thousand foot high tsunamis, and nine hundred degree surface winds traveling faster than the speed of sound. Within hours, all of the continents will be on fire, as the impact’s molten debris rains down from the upper atmosphere. Like the previous extinction event, this will kill more than seventy-five percent of all plant and animal life on Earth.
John Garrity: We’re catching this plane. Allison Garrity: Are you going on the runway?
[referring to the pilot as John stops their truck in front of the plane] Allison Garrity: He looks pi**ed. John Garrity: Well, wouldn’t you be?
Pilot: What the hell are you doing, man? John Garrity: Listen, my wife, and my kid, we’re trying to get to Greenland. You’re going there. We were selected. Pilot: We’re already at capacity! There’ll be more planes tomorrow. John Garrity: Or there won’t be a tomorrow!
Pilot: I put everyone in danger if I take you! John Garrity: Then take my wife and son. Pilot: I can’t risk it. John Garrity: Then we’re not moving, alright? We’re staying there, and you’re not going anywhere!
Pilot: Okay, I can take the kid, maybe your wife. Allison Garrity: No! We all go! You’re going to take all of us!
Pilot: How much do you weigh? John Garrity: One eighty, one eighty-five. Pilot: Come on! John Garrity: Two-o-five, maybe two ten. Pilot: I’ll be driving to Greenland at this point. But get in. No luggage! And move the goddamn truck!
Allison Garrity: How are you feeling? John Garrity: Terrible. But we made it.
[after their plane is forced to crash land] Nathan Garrity: I don’t want to fly anymore! Allison Garrity: No, it’s okay, baby. We’re on the ground now.
Allison Garrity: Where are the pilots? [John shakes his head indicating they’re dead] Nathan Garrity: Look. It’s snowing. John Garrity: That’s not snow. That’s ash.
[after they make it to the airbase bunker and brace for Clarke’s impact] Nathan Garrity: Where are the flashes? Allison Garrity: What flashes? Nathan Garrity: Before we die. The flashes.
John Garrity: Listen to me, son. It’s okay. Your mom and I love you from the bottom of our hearts, okay? And we’re right here with you right now. So it doesn’t matter what happens, okay? Because we’re together. Okay, you hear me? You hear me? Nathan Garrity: Yes. John Garrity: And we’re always going to be together. So there’s no need to be afraid.
Allison Garrity: I love you. John Garrity: You’re my life. [they kiss, and as Clarke hits, John’s life flashes before his eyes]
[months later after the impact, the bunker doors open to reveal the ruins] Allison Garrity: Is that a bird? John Garrity: I don’t know.
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