Directed by: Dean Devlin | Produced by: David Ellison, Dean Devlin, Dana Goldberg | Written by: Dean Devlin, Paul Guyot | Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Andy Garcia| Cinematography: Robert Schaefer | Edited by: Ron Rosen, Chris Lebenzon, John Refoua | Production Companies: Warner Bros Pictures, Skydance Media, Electric Entertainment | Distributed by: Warner Bros Pictures | Official Website
I always have a heart for disaster movies. For me, a good disaster movie would contain proper drama, decent CGI and tough character. A good disaster movie would always move our heart, sear a new hope and take a lesson from whatever happened to the characters, after we witnessed their toughness through hard times. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel any of those feelings in this movie, and that left me confused throughout the movie.
Geostorm is a movie about Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler), an International Climate Space Station senior researcher who had successfully led an international team of 17 nations, and built weather-controlling satellites called Dutch Boy. At the first glance, Dutch Boy seems to be a new hope for the world, knowing that it could control the impact of global warming. As US have to give away The Dutch Boy Program to U.N., some of Dutch Boy satellites start to make errors that cause catastrophic damages to some areas.
Lawson is then called by Senate and then they fired him as the leader of Dutch Boy space program and then replaced him by his own estranged brother Max (Jim Sturgess). The error of Dutch Boy continues worldwide and Max has no other option but to ask Jake for help. Jake then returns to the International Climate Space Station where they produce and control Dutch Boy satellites. He and Max have to solve the conspiracy behind errors of the satellites, before it causes Geostorm, a storm that would end the world.
Although we have seen so many different scenarios on how this world would end, an idea of different weather disasters all over the world happens in one time and finally end the world is actually a fresh one. However, I cannot understand how they end up casting Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess as brothers who successfully postpone the apocalypse. I like them both, as handsome actors, but having them together as estranged brothers is like estrange your movie from being a good one. Butler is once again showing his heroic side and then this movie turns from a disaster movie into a movie where you watch Gerard Butler once again save the world, yeay. Jim Sturgess with his not-too-cute-anymore mini mullet, on the other side, acts awkward compared to Butler, even compared to Abbie Cornish who plays his love interest Sarah.
This movie also lacks of intention and gives confusion, whether it would be a disaster movie or a typical action movie. The story is weak since they depend so much on their CGI. The bond between Butler’s Jake and his daughter Hannah (plays by Annabelle: Creation (2017)’s Talitha Bateman) is almost nothing and so hard to believe. There are also no emotional bending between Jake and Max, though they are brothers who had not spoken to each other for years, but the sudden click between them at the end of this movie feels ridiculously forced. The lack of emotional touches also makes this movie feels soulless, feels more like an action movie with heavy CGI.
So if you are so into disaster movie fan and also an action movie lover like me, this movie might be a nice choice for you. However, if you were a more logical person who needs more background on movies, please stay away from this movie.