Duration: 1 hour 49 minutes
Geostorm is an action/disaster movie with an impressive cast.
Gerard Butler plays Jake Lawson, the construction overseer of a network of satellites around Earth which keeps the weather in check (by using laser beams), thus controlling the climate and keeping all humans safe; as a response to the extreme weather conditions ravaging in 2019.
Jim Sturgess plays Jake’s younger brother, Max Lawson. Max is a political negotiator who has facilitated 17 countries coming together in an international team to build the space-based weather-control system Jake oversees.
Unfortunately, when Jake arrogantly challenges those in political authority, it is Max – newly promoted as the head of the satellite weather control system – who must fire his brother.
Years later, Jake, being the only person who knows intimately every aspect of the system, is recalled to the International Space Station to investigate a series of malfunctions resulting in multiple deaths and which could lead to a devasting meteorological event: a geostorm.
Supporting these two lead actors is Abby Cornish, who plays a secret service agent and who is in a ‘secret’ relationship with Max Lawson; Andy Garcia, playing the American President; and Ed Harris, who plays the US Secretary of State.
The movie incorporates large-scale death and destruction in every manner of freakish weather, including a cascading blast of winter weather that freezes beach-basking Brazilians; a city’s destruction by a tsunami; and a domino-like skyscraper- toppling series of gas-main explosions in Hong Kong.
We have a plethora of emotional connections, from estranged brothers who are nevertheless able to communicate in a code designed by a 13 year old Max; a young teenage daughter disappointed in her father but desparate to have him return from space; a young boy who loves his dog.
Whilst this movie reportedly has had a torturous history (taking three years to shoot in total) and has received a majority of negative reviews, if you want to escape into an action film that is purely predictable and formulaic, yet provides moving moments, then this directional debut of Dean Devlin (co-producer of Independence Day) is a good choice, especially if you like Gerard Butler – as I do.
The music score is an absolute treat, magnifying emotions and heightening the abundant drama! Extra points for the soundtrack!
Going against the multitude of reviewers, I give Geostorm 3.5 tsunamis out of 5