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Geostorm (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Dean Devlin

Starring:
Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara

Other notable appearances:
Andy Garcia, Ed Harris, Daniel Wu, Zazie Beetz, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Richard Schiff, Mare Winningham

Running time:
109 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Day After Tomorrow, Into the Storm, San Andreas

 

When a satellite system designed the protect earth from extreme weather goes rogue, it is up to its creator, Jake Lawson (Butler), and his brother Max (Sturgess) to work out what has happened and prevent a catastrophic geostorm.

Geostorm was a fair to middling addition to the disaster movie catalogue. It has a slow start then there’s a fun car chase, some great explosions and the film ends. 

During the slow start and the ending, Geostorm seems to take itself far to seriously for a film about space lasers causing a giant, world-encompassing storm. The start and beginning of the film are narrated by Jake’s daughter and talk about climate change and humanity banding together. It was a pretty obvious case of telling rather than showing, which is a big no-no in books but an even bigger no-no in film. You can intwine a moral into a disaster movie without having it thrown in the viewer’s face.

I have come to really enjoy seeing Gerard Butler’s action movie performances. Olympus Has Fallen and it’s follow up London Has Fallen are top of mind when I think of contemporary popcorn action flicks. However, in Geostorm it feels like Butler is phoning it in for the pay check. 

Sturgess and Cornish had likeable characters with great dialogue and their performances really seem to show them having fun. Andy Garcia was only in a few scenes but he managed to land some great zingers, which are, in my humble opinion, a defining part of an action film where the world may end.

The plot of Geostorm is pretty simple — a good thing for a disaster/action film — but it does at times get bogged down in the science and feels like it occasionally forgets to keep the pace consistent.

Geostorm doesn’t quite hit the mark in many ways and tries to hard in others, but it’s not a bad flick overall and is worth a look if it’s on the telly.

Rating:

“Because I’m the goddamn President of the United States of America!”

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