• Mon. May 27th, 2024

Geostorm – This Disaster Film is…. a Disaster

Geostorm is directed by Dean Devlin, in his directorial debut. The film stars Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Richard Schiff, Robert Sheehan, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris, Talitha Bateman, and Andy García. The musical score is composed by Lorne Balfe.

In the not-so-distant future, an international team of scientists develops Dutch Boy, a space station and series of satellites that can control Earth’s climate, preventing a repeat of past natural disasters. When Jake Lawson, chief architect of the Dutch Boy system, is reprimanded by governmental superiors, his younger brother Max is placed in charge of the project. Three years later, when the Dutch Boy system causes disasters on Earth causing numerous deaths, Max must reunite with Jake, sending him into space to lead a team to fix the system and prevent the occurrence of a geostorm; a chain reaction of natural disasters with the potential to destroy the planet.

 

 

Geostorm had a troubled production history, with filming having started in 2014, and poor test screenings resulting in the film being retooled with numerous reshoots. The film has finally gotten its theatrical release, and not surprisingly, the end result feels disjointed, cliched, and like a predictable amalgamation of plot points from countless better films.

It is tough to say exactly where Geostorm goes wrong, but the combination of everything we have seen at the movies a million times over done in an inferior fashion does not help. For the most part the film is well cast, but Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess look more like father and son than brothers, which works against the movie. Additionally, although the trailer may lead you to believe otherwise, the “daughter” character played by Talitha Bateman is barely in the movie at all, which comes as something of a disappointment. The actors do the best they can with the material, but it cannot save the end product.

And then come the cliches. Scientific technology to help mankind gone awry? Check. Computer viruses? Check. An overabundance of mediocre CGI work? Check. Political motivations and plot twists? Check. A young girl who is also a scientific genius? Check. Double agent traitors? Check. Estranged family that must come back together because of a disaster? Check. Romantic subplots with zero depth? Check. Plot holes galore? Check. A car chase? Check. Natural disaster scenes of major cities being leveled? Check. Self-destruct sequence? Check. Race against time? Check. A predictable happy ending? Check. Even though Geostorm has its share of exciting sequences, poor writing and the sheer predictability prevent this one from ever rising above B-movie status. Everything in this movie was pulled from better movies, which have handled these respective plot points on their own in a far superior fashion.

Geostorm may have a handful of entertaining sequences, but it is awash in a sea of bad writing, mediocre CGI work, and so many things that have been done better in other films. There just is not enough here to recommend the film, which is as much a disaster as the natural ones it depicts on the screen.

Rating: One out of four stars.

 

 

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By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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