A predictable natural disaster movie

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By 2017-11-26

By Nirupa Mohan
Ceylon Today Features

Geostorm, a fantasy drenched sci-fi film with CGI disaster action, released recently. The film stars Gerard Butler in the lead role as Jake Lawson, a satellite designer, while Jim Sturgess stars as Max Lawson, his younger brother who works at the Whitehouse, while Abbie Cornish plays the role of Sarah Wilson, his fiancée and secret service agent. Meanwhile Ed Harris plays a short but prominent role, as Leonard Dekkom, the U.S. Secretary of State.

The film revolves around a satellite that's been created by scientists from around the world, in a joint effort after a series of weather problems. The satellite project with the name "Dutch Boy" is designed to protect the world from disasters but begins to feel like its malfunctioning. With a bit of investigation, a bigger conspiracy unfolds.

The CGI used in the film is creative but with cities being destroyed, which is not something that's new in a disaster film, it comes off as a very predictable movie with screenwriting that follows in the theme of several other disasters films. The only game changer in this film that sets it apart from other films is that, in this, the satellite created to protect the planet is ultimately what could cause a global disaster, a geostorm.

With the designer of the satellite back on duty in space, it's almost like a detective story that unfolds in a predictable matter. Gerard Butler can't quite seem to carry out his role as the smartest scientist, who almost always tries to portray that he has it all, almost figured out.

The film is one that's easy to follow, with "extreme weather alerts" and even a countdown to the geostorm, with natural disasters that strikes with random impact so the audience knows what's meant to be expected when the entire planet is in danger from a final geostorm. The one hour and 49 minute film by director Dean Devlin together with producers David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Rachel Olschan and Marc Roskin, was made in collaboration with production companies Warner Bros., Electric Entertainment, Skydance Media and Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

Rated 5.8/10 on IMDb, 2/5 on Common Sense Media, 15% on Rotten Tomatoes and 21% on Metacritic, the storm plagued film was made with a budget of 120 million and earned 137.5 million dollars at the worldwide box office. This is not a fun movie, but is a bit serious for its own good. Yet it still manages to throw logic out the window. But with access blocked and with malfunctions that may be intentional, the geostorm destruction could be caused by the intricate network of climate-controlling satellites, backed by a system that's set to destroy the planet it was built to protect. The film is a race to uncover what's happening with minutes to a geostorm that would wipe out lives and countries as we know it, on a global scale.

The film doesn't offer anything that's going to make it standout or be different from what's expected of a film in this genre, but is one that offers simple entertainment, that should be watched with zero expectation to avoid being disappointed.

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