One of the many problems our world is facing these days is an increase in weather conditions. As climate continues to change, so does every kind of weather phenomenon. There are more frequent, violent hurricanes and tornados, more sporadic thunderstorms, and severe fluctuations in temperatures. For years, we have speculated that we could create a way to control out weather. This is the subject of the new film, Geostorm.
When major weather events run wild, the nations of the world come together to create a system of satellites to keep natural disasters at bay. When the satellites begin to malfunction, their designer, Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) is sent up to fix the problem. His brother, Max (Jim Sturgess) discovers that the disasters aren’t caused by a glitch, but that someone is intentionally creating them. They must discover who is behind this and fix the system before the world is destroyed by a global storm.
This film marked the directorial debut of Dean Devlin, who has spent his career writing alongside director Roland Emmerich on movies like Stargate, Independence Day, and Godzilla (1998). It’s a little surprising that he waited this long to finally direct a movie. Unfortunately, it was all for naught (quoting the Ebert site review). Geostorm is nothing but a sad mimic of Roland Emmerich’s formula, minus any of the charm that only he could bring.
Despite having great actors in the cast, none of the performances were good. Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess both looked uninterested in the film and the characters they were trying to portray. Alongside them were Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris (who was mysteriously absent throughout the marketing), and Andy García. All of these actors are great, and this movie was nothing but a big blemish on their careers.
Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich were never known to be a great writers, but at least they came up with clever ways to make a disaster movie fun and inventive. This time, Devlin failed to do anything that we haven’t already seen before. Geostorm was two hours of “some” story with the rest being heavy amounts of visual effects destroying cities and landmarks. Look, it was cool when aliens did it, but after a while, you’d like to see the landmarks survive a movie for once.
Along with the unoriginal story, Geostorm featured no character development whatsoever. With Emmerich, there wasn’t any development either, but at least he knew how to add in some comic relief so that the characters were still lovable. Once again, Devlin was trying to copy this, with no success at all. We have one-dimensional characters that never give us a single moment where we could care about them.
With these kinds of movies, we hope that the visual effects can provide some fun. With this movie, not only were the visuals uninteresting, but also not very well done. I suspect that they didn’t have as big a budget for this movie as anything Roland Emmerich could get. Everything was poorly rendered and too over-the-top to be fun in any sense of the word. I found myself almost falling asleep rather than thrilled by the giant storms.
Geostorm was everything that makes up a fun disaster movie minus one crucial ingredient: the fun. I know I did a lot of comparing to Roland Emmerich, but that’s because it looked like a movie he would make. However, if he actually made this movie, he would know how to add some fun moments to this film. Even Independence Day: Resurgence had more fun moments than this movie. So if you’re looking for dumb fun at the movies, see something else, because this movie is too dumb to be fun.
P.S. There was more I hated about this movie, but couldn’t get into without spoiling anything. That’s how much was wrong with this film.