|Directed by||:||Dean Devlin||Produced by||:||David Ellison, Dean Devlin, Dana Goldberg||Starring||:||Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara||Production company||:||Warner Bros. Pictures, Skydance Media, Electric Entertainment||Country||:||United States|
Too campy to be taken seriously, but too boring to be pure fun, Geostorm embodies the worst of both, and the result is a sometimes enjoyable (but mostly bland) disaster (movie).
If you have kept up with movies in 2017, then there's a good chance that you have already heard of Geostorm. Dean Devlin's global warming-inspired, Gerard Butler-led disaster epic has captured the imaginations of many moviegoers since the first trailer dropped -- primarily in the hope that the film could live up to the campy, fun, B-movie quality promised by the marketing material. Alas, the film has now screened for critics, and I am saddened to say that delivers all of the camp and ham that we expected it to, but considerably less of the fun.
In the near future, humanity's contributions to climate change have brought planet Earth to a tipping point. After a series of "extreme weather events" kill millions and lead to global socio-political unrest, brilliant (albeit hot-headed) astronaut Jake Lawson leads the development of Dutch Boy -- a satellite capable of controlling Earth's weather patterns. But when outside forces begin to tamper with Dutch Boy and cause unnatural disasters all over the planet, Jake's brother Max (Jim Sturgess) calls him back into action to go up to Dutch Boy in an effort to get the space station working correctly again while Max investigates the mystery on Earth's surface.