review by Bobby Blakey
I am a huge Gerard Butler fan especially when he is bringing the pain in an action flick. His latest film Geostorm co-stars Daniel Wu, Eugenio Durbez, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Andy Garcia, and Ed Harris with Stargate and Independence Day co-creator Dean Devlin taking on his first directing role. Could this disaster flick bring the natural disaster with force as the trailer promises or will it end up being more of a light rain?
Geostorm follows a catastrophic climate change that endangers Earth's very survival, so the world governments united and created the Dutch Boy Program: a world-wide net of satellites, surrounding the planet, that are armed with geoengineering technologies designed to stave off the natural disasters. After successfully protecting the planet for two years, something is starting to go wrong. Two estranged brothers are tasked with solving the program's malfunction before a world-wide Geostorm can engulf the planet. Going into this kind of film you already know there is a sense of silliness to it so you accept that, but at the same time you have expectations. The trailers showcased some great looking effects and city destroying disasters that looked like a lot of fun to watch and while these are there, it was not the film I had hoped for.
The cast is fine outside of Daniel Wu being more of a small cameo than full role, but this is Butler’s film all the way. He is fine in the part and as I said I like him in everything, but this felt like a role meant for someone else. Had he had more action heavy lifting to do it would have worked, but he comes across as way to outside the box and confrontational to buy into the fact that he was in charge of all this stuff for me. My big issue really with this film was the lack of the Geostorm itself. The story is too cluttered with conspiracy and tension that builds to very little to ever really work. It almost felt like it was taking itself way too seriously but wasn’t needed. I would have had more fun had we gotten the story that led to the building of the technology and satellites so that we could have gotten more of the epic destruction that was promised.
Make no mistake there are some pretty big moments of destruction and all of this is great fun to watch, but it is so far between it gets a bit daunting waiting for something to happen. If you like these sorts of films though you will likely still get sucked in so decided for yourself. Grab your copy of Geostorm available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.