Geostorm takes the threat of a global weather event to a heightened level and throws in some space and computers and guns for the hell of it.
Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen, Law Abiding Citizen) plays a scientist / engineer who has built a global satellite network that prevents natural weather events from occurring.
But, Butler has a habit of speaking his mind and getting into trouble and so control of the system is handed over to his younger brother Jim Sturgess (21, Cloud Atlas).
Despite it being early days, the system works and is due to be handed over to international control in just a short while.
Before that happens however, strange events begin popping up across the world. These events aren’t natural and aren’t an error. Someone is weaponising Butler’s system…which is nicknamed Dutch Boy.
So begins a race against time to figure out who’s behind it all and how to stop it all. Butler races up to space to the station to figure it out whilst Sturgess and his secret service wife, Abbie Cornish (Limitless, 6 Days) do their thang on Earth.
Geostorm isn’t anything new or ground breaking. It takes a lot of elements from various other films such as 2012, a tiny bit of Gravity, San Andreas, Twister and the like.
The problem is, it doesn’t do any of it any better than what we’ve seen before and throws in some saccharine elements, by giving Butler a daughter, Talitha Eliana Bateman (The 5th Wave, Annabelle: Creation), whom he’s never around for, naturally.
The effects aren’t bad but not ground breaking, a couple of steps up from a SyFy film but well below the likes of Gravity or a Marvel movie.
The acting is, well it’s Gerard Butler, what do you think it’s like? Geostorm is one of those films where everything happens with one second left on the screen, where the bad die quickly and the good get forever.
The plausible is scrunched up and thrown away, like your memory of the film once you’ve seen it, and with it any buy-in on behalf of the viewer.
It has a couple of redeeming features and I do mean two: the first is when someone asks why on Earth you’d build a self-destruct into a space-station.
The second is when *SPOILER ALERT* the token British bad-guy Robert Sheehan (The Road Within, Season Of The Witch) says ‘oh great, another American here to save the day’ to Butler, who points out he’s British…but fails to acknowledge the terrible American accent he’s attempting.