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Lacking impressive visuals, well-written characters, or involving drama, Geostorm aims for epic disaster-movie spectacle but ends up simply being a disaster of a movie.



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A satellite designer (Gerard Butler) must race to avert a catastrpohe when the planet's climate control satellites begin to malfunction in this sci-fi action adventure from Warner Bros. and writer/producer/director Dean Devlin (making his feature directorial debut here). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Gerard Butler
as Jake Lawson
Jim Sturgess
as Max Lawson
Abbie Cornish
as Sarah Wilson
Alexandra Maria Lara
as Ute Fassbinder
Daniel Wu
as Cheng Long
Eugenio Derbez
as Al Hernandez
Amr Waked
as Ray Dussette
Adepero Oduye
as Eni Adisa
Andy Garcia
as President Andrew Palma
Ed Harris
as Leonard Dekkom
Robert Sheehan
as Duncan Taylor
Richard Schiff
as Senator Cross
Mare Winningham
as Dr. Cassandra Jennings
Talitha Bateman
as Hannah Lawson
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  • Nov 07, 2018
    Geostorm is a disaster of a film. Both ice cold with its one-dimensional characters and blazing hot with its stupidity. A raucous tsunami of unappealing visual effects that never strike a balance between political thriller and global disaster blockbuster. It's hailed as an outdated illogical mess, and I for one agree. Having said that, some moments of enjoyment are to be had if you are willing to suspend your disbelief. A space station that controls Earth's weather system is being hacked and used as a weapon. It's up to Butler to save the day (because apparently no one else can...). It commences with a condescending expositional narration from a child about climate change, and how we as humans have caused this. Make no mistake, it's an important topic. But, it's never referenced in the film again. As if we're being told off and now our punishment is to watch Geostorm. The story balances a political story where NASA employees and secret service agents attempt to work out what the heck is happening, with Butler's heroic bravura as he works on the space station to also investigate satellite anomalies. The former is interesting, the latter is stupid. Let me explain. Watching agents investigate a global investigation where someone wants them dead, is slightly captivating. Witnessing a spacesuit being hacked (me neither...) as Butler attempts his best Bullock impression from 'Gravity', is not fun. The disasters themselves are tertiary, an afterthought if you will and boy do some of them look terrible, particularly the Dubai tsunami. It's another case of characters seemingly outrunning outlandish weather types whilst everyone else melts, freezes or drowns. At least the space station looks decent, so there is some hope! The culprit(s) was obvious and lacked authentic motives. Every character was one-dimensional. And, as always, Butler sacrifices himself...only to miraculously survive. Oh, don't even start on the special code system that him and his brother created. Moronic. If this was released in the 90s, it could've been. It wasn't, and therefore shouldn't have been.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2018
    We have to talk about disaster movies, we really do. Disaster movies have been a staple of Hollywood since, really, film's earliest days. The Titanic disaster proved to be a popular topic for these earlier disaster films. But, of course, the golden era of the genre would have to be the 70s, where movies like Airport, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno were the order of the day. Disaster movies, to this day, still prove to be relatively popular. Not always, of course, but it has proven to bring in the people. Because there's nothing that audiences love more than to enjoy the suffering of others. In all seriousness though, I can't remember the last time I saw a disaster movie. I really can't. Not that I have anything against these movies, but they're not necessarily my cup of tea. Character is usually put aside in order for it to be a spectacle for the eyes and sense. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but it's just not for me. These movies follow a very simple formula and they very rarely deviate from that. Comedy/action/drama/romance/thriller/mystery/sci-fi movies have evolved throughout the years as times change. Yet disaster films always stay the same. I'm not saying that some of these movies can't provide adequate B-level thrills, but these movies are usually not particularly smart. This is ironic in most of these movies, where there's some sort of scientist character trying to figure out what's wrong and how to fix things. Same thing applies to this movie. Where do we start with this movie? I think it should be obvious that this is not a particularly good movie. It's also a movie that has very little, if any, quality control. The reason I bring this is up is due to one particular scene near the end. Sarah, a Secret Service agent is driving away in this car with her boyfriend Max, a State Department official, and the President of the United States. They're being shot at by one of the lead villain's goons, other Secret Service agents. Sarah decides to drive at them. Naturally, the men jump out of the way. One of the goons jumps out of the way and is supposed to land on the floor. But, oh no, he does not land on the floor you see, for the landing mat is perfectly visible when he lands. And it's not like it's a slight glimpse either, like something in the corner of the screen, you can legitimately see most of the landing mat. I had to rewind it several times to even believe what I was seeing. How is it that a movie that cost $120 million to make (yes, really) could let something like this slip by? This actually made it onto the final cut of the movie. And, I'm fairly certain, that they didn't shoot this fall just one time. I'm certain they shot it several more and THAT was the best they could actually come up with? Holy fuck. That should tell you something about this movie. The narrative of this movie is as follows. We see this cowboy American Jake (played by proud Scot Gerard Butler) attempt to fix these malfunctioning satellites that threaten to cause a massive and catastrophic series of weather events. The satellites, however, were designed to prevent storms, hurricanes, monsoons, tornadoes, etc, etc. An international coalition aligned themselves together in order to put up these satellites after a series of natural disasters. But, of course, it's not so simple as just a series of malfunctioning satellites. No, there's somebody sabotaging these satellites while making it look like accidents. The question is who is behind this and what their purpose is. Did I tell you that Ed Harris is in this movie? Because it's Ed Harris. He wants to, basically, kill millions of people with this geostorm, as they call it, which is sort of a domino effect of natural disasters, so he can kill everyone who's ahead of him in the line of succession for the presidency of the United States. Control of the Dutch Boy, as the series of satellites are referred to, is about to be handed over from the U.S government to an international group. I think one of Dekkom's (Ed's character) goals seems to be keeping control of the Dutch Boy. A bit of a logic flaw in that. I get that he wants to be president, but can't he just kill the president and the Democratic National Convention and be done with it? Do the malfunctions have to take place all over the world? I mean it's a little convenient that a "malfunction" in the satellites would lead to the president's death, but still. Dekkom, basically, has committed large amounts of genocide since, I'm sure, millions of people have died as a result of his actions. Doesn't make much sense. Nothing much in this movie makes sense. Max and Jake (brothers) have a contentious relationship, given that Jake is a bit of a loose cannon, doing things his way regardless of the consequence and Jake plays it by the book. Max fires Jake at the beginning of the film, but practically begs for his help three years later in order to keep more innocent people from dying. This is fine and dandy. What's not fine and dandy, however, is later. Max and Jake get into an argument and Jake defies Max's authority over the 'mission'. Max, essentially, tells Jake to ask for authorization or, if he doesn't, he'll be on the next (space) flight home. Dude, less than ten minutes ago you were BEGGING him to go up to the space station to figure out what was wrong with the Dutch Boy and now you're threatening to fire him again and, basically, doom the entire world to the worst series of natural disasters in its history. Talk about a dick-measuring contest. I know that this review is all over the place, but I'm doing this off-the-cuff and saying, literally, the next thing that comes to mind. My reviews are usually like this anyway, but this one is definitely a more extreme version of it. If there's one thing that could definitely have saved this movie is some epic destruction. And, while there's plenty of destruction, I don't know if I could call it epic. This is as a result of the special effects not being particularly good. A movie like this needs impressive special effects or else who's gonna care. You know the special effects are bad when they fail to even pull off the White House driveway convincingly. If you fail at something as simple as that, how is there any hope for the more elaborate set-pieces. The driveway just looked bad, it lacked detail and polish. The scripting is another thing, it's illogical people doing illogical things because it's the only way they can move the narrative forward. Perhaps it's not the ONLY way, but it's the easiest way to get to where they want to go. It's also the way that takes the least amount of effort. The character development is nil. I mean, I guess there's something between Max and Jake becoming closer again in the face of the world's biggest series of natural disasters, but I didn't really care in the slightest. The acting is ok, but this isn't the sort of movie where you should expect high-caliber acting. I don't think I have much else to say. The characters in this movie are not good, the dialogue isn't much better, the special effects are kind of trash and the story doesn't make much sense when scrutinized. Anyway you slice it, this is a very bad movie. Though I suppose some enjoyment could be had with this movie in a so bad it's good kind of way, because it definitely made me laugh at it. But the laughs weren't enough to make this an enjoyably bad movie. It's a bad movie with some laughably terrible moments. So, yea, I wouldn't recommend this.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2018
    Outrageously bad. Yeah the plot and performances are awful but what's really painful are the attempts at humor. Each "joke" is so poorly executed that they almost become funny . . . almost.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2018
    Oh my what do we have here?? Did we suddenly quantum leap back to the mid 90's??? So, its 2022 and technology has apparently advanced quite a bit. The Earth is now surrounded by a man made net of satellites which can basically control the weather. Up in orbit there is also an international space station that controls said net of satellites. Bottom line, its a global effort by mankind to try and protect the planet (of course when I say global that doesn't include every country, ahem). There's just one tiny problem, not all humans are nice, not all humans are on the same page. And so the net (called 'Dutch Boy' in reference to an 1865 fictional story) is hacked and used to cause natural disasters around the world. Enter the net designer Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler), who is tasked to solve the problem and essentially save the world. The end. Some of you might think this is just a silly disaster flick, and you'd be right to a degree. But this movie is in fact more of a political thriller mixed with a disaster flick element. The natural disasters we see are in fact triggered and created by the man made satellites, which are in turn started by the evil saboteurs. So its not really man vs mother nature, its man vs man using mother nature as a weapon. To be truthful the idea isn't actually that bad, its just a bit dated. A Pierce Brosnan [i]Bond[/i] plot type of dated. Luckily everyone in the movie acts so seriously, so butch and stoic with their grimaces and steely eyed stares, you can rest assure that everything will work out just fine. Obviously our tough hero Jake Lawson won't die, you think he might (and really he should have, multiple times), but he doesn't. But its really quite amusing and so very 90's how the actors deliver their lines which such ridiculous levels of attitude; trying their best to look and sound as cool as possible as they glare into the camera. I think Jim Sturgess (Max Lawson) is the most guilty of this. He really shows-off all the cliched action movie facial expressions and poses. Its like everyone watched 'Armageddon' before they started filming. That being said what do you get? Well pretty much everything really, the full gamut of disaster porn. Huge tidal waves, electrical storms, massive hailstones, a firenado, a freezing ice storm, the ground being torn open to reveal what I presume was lava etc...There are lots of sequences which show innocent people getting killed in lots of various ways; including massive carnage to buildings and property. The action is of course all CGI which ranges from good to average. Whilst the sequences in space look totally fine but nothing amazing, they are by far the best looking parts of the movie. Almost all of the disaster action on Earth looks like CGI. To top that the sequences all look like they've been copied and pasted from other movies such as 'Deep Impact'. You wanna see city skylines get washed away (or frozen, or knocked over) by giant tidal waves? Its all here folks...again. The actual action is simply predictable as feck. Again from seeing other disaster movies you can pretty much guess what's gonna happen. But one of the main issues with the action, like other disaster movies, is the fact its all so utterly stupid. Whilst trying to obtain a piece of data lodged in the space stations structure via a spacewalk, Jake's spacesuit goes out of control. He is flung all over the place crashing into the space station causing massive amounts of damage...yet he and his suit remain perfectly intact. On Earth whilst natural disasters are occurring specific characters are able to avoid the carnage around them and outrun pending doom in a car. How many times have we seen that? Then in the finale Jake and his new fellow scientist lady friend are both able to avoid masses of space debris flying around as the space station blows up around them. They both make it to a remaining intact satellite (via spacewalking I might add) which also manages to avoid all the deadly debris. Then to top if all of nicely the last intact satellite pod (why would a satellite be able to house two adult humans inside?) is picked up by a space shuttle...that just happened to be flying by? Seriously was this shuttle just off to the side waiting for the explosion to happen and subside so it could search for potential survivors inside satellite pods?? And while we're at it, why couldn't the self destruct be turned off?? The reason for having one was valid enough, but what about an abort option people?? I also found it quite cute how the person in charge of a countries satellite seemed to be from that country. Like, would NASA (or whoever) go to the trouble of finding a Japanese person to put in charge of the satellite that controls Japans weather?? So the Peru satellite is controlled by a Peruvian person, and the Nepal satellite is controlled by a Nepalese person etc...I mean I know political correctness is hyperbolic these days but Jesus Christ come on! Despite all that nonsense I gotta be honest and say I actually quite enjoyed this movie. It did exactly what it said on the tin. I was engaged and I found it quite exciting even though it was highly predictable. Yes its not a great movie, but its nowhere near as bad as people are making it out to be. I've said this before about certain movies, had this been released around 1995 or 1996, I think it would have been a reasonable hit. It would have fit in perfectly for the era, although it might have suffered from genre overload. These days of course this type of movie is practically dead, milked dry (almost solely by Devlin and Emmerich). But if disaster porn is your thing don't let that put you off because this really isn't all that bad, for what it is. 6.5/10
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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