“I’m the goddamn President of the United States!”
Geostorm is the newest film from director Dean Devlin, producer of the Independence Day and Independence Day Resurgence, and brings us a similar type of film. This film tells the story of Jake lawson (Gerard Butler) who designs a group of satellites that can prevent catastrophic natural disasters around the world. But as all disaster type movies go, the ability to mess with something such as mother nature, causes the malfunction of these satellites and eventual countdown to the biggest threat to the planet, a Geostorm.
It’s hard to say whether or not I hated this film. It’s extremely similar to the likes of Independence Day, and fixates on a time when the world is on the brink of disaster. It’s enjoyable to an extent, but often takes itself too seriously, and has several scenes that are ridiculously unbelievable. The cast of main characters are made up of actors who have not been in anything, or anything good, in a long time. These characters, rather the actors who played them, believed that they were in a dramatic film. Apart from Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish and Ed Harris, portrayed their characters as a melodramatic type. These characters, often gives you a foreshadowing of how the rest of the film would play out.
The story of this epic disaster exceeded my expectation a bit, due to the fact that I had prepared myself for garbage. But the climax of the film, as well as the taking down of the story’s antagonist, is utterly disappointing. This causes the film’s storyline to become a mess and at often times predictable. I believe they wanted to have a story that was fresh and surprising, but the route in which this film did lead was still disappointing.
Geostorm is probably one of the most entertaining (for better or worse) movies you’ll see. If you go in with the mindset that this film is nothing to be taken seriously, or even the mindset that this film is ridiculous, then I believe you will at least be able to sit through it. To my recommendation, Geostorm is one to rent through video on demand. No use heading to a theatre, and wasting a huge wad of cash, on a film such as this.
Directed by: Dean Devlin
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Alexandra Maria Lara