When a series of extreme weather events threaten the human race, world leaders come together to create a network of satellites that control the world climate. When the satellites start glitching it’s up to a team of scientists to discover what is going wrong before worldwide storms wipe out the planet.
IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: C)
With a name like Geostorm, you expect the movie to have, well, a geostorm. Unfortunately for the audience (and the movie), lack of the titular storm proves to be the movie’s biggest undoing, along with too many subplots and tedious main characters. Another problem? Every single complication written into the movie is solved within a matter of minutes, providing some glimpses into deeper (and better) plot devices, but ultimately falling flat.
The cast is led by Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess, playing two brothers who spend 80% of the movie bickering over things that aren’t well established, leading to lack of audience investment in the lead characters or their problems. Far more interesting are the supporting characters who include Abbie Cornish as a Secret Service agent who [minor spoiler] is forced to kidnap the President, and Zazie Beetz playing a self-proclaimed tech-savvy millennial. These two actors provide some of the movie’s best humor while managing to ground their characters. Any scene with those actresses is a good scene.
Flaws aside, if you’re like me you go into a movie like this one expecting large scale destruction and killer special effects, and this movie definitely delivers. Is Geostorm the next big Oscar contender? Nope. But is it a semi-fun way to kill 2 hours? Absolutely.
IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS?
Geostorm is rated PG-13. A good baseline for deciding whether or not this movie is appropriate for your kids would be to take into account how they handled the Transformers movies. The action, destruction, and violence are approximately at the same level as in those movies, with death being shown (though the blood and gore is almost non-existent) throughout the film. Didn’t let your children see those films? Then Geostorm is not the film for them.
ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?
When we work together we achieve much more than working alone. There’s nothing more important than family.
New York City takes a pounding in Geostorm, as it did when King Kong cut loose in Manhattan. Check out the 1933 classic!
Lindsi Neilson currently works for Brigham Young University in the Theatre and Media Arts department, and is a freelance technical director and stage manager for several theatre companies in the Utah Valley area. In her free time she loves photography, stand up paddle-boarding, running 5k’s, reading, spoiling her nieces and nephews, and (you guessed it!) watching movies. For more of Lindsi’s writing visit lindsimichellephotography.blogspot.com.