After all of its reshoots (in 2014) and having been scheduled for an adversely inappropriate release time – this, after having WB push its release to make space for Batman VS Superman (BvS) back in 2016, the silver lining to this cloud is that Geostorm is assuredly superior to BvS.
Geostorm, an American weather disaster film has come under immense flak for its extensive reshoots and release timing, very shortly after a slew of natural disasters globally, including the catastrophic Hurricane Irma which left devastation across Florida and other bordering areas.
Despite all of that and an almost ludicrous scientific premise, director Dean Devlin’s debut feature film proves worthy of greener pastures.
The movie’s premise, though of questionable realism, is an absorbing one, presenting a tech-conquered Earth in the very near future of 2019. Satellite designer Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) has pulled the feat of building the Dutch Boy, a satellite that is able to control the earth’s climate with pods that are released into the sky. Terror and suspicion ensue when the Dutch Boy gets hacked, causing the release of fatal disaster pods to the earth. When enough of these pods are released, they’ll start a chain reaction of natural disasters, causing what the movie calls a geostorm.
The cast (Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Richard Schiff, Robert Sheehan, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Ed Harris and Andy García) performs impressively through a corny script, and characters with high visibility are cast very fittingly.
Geostorm‘s decent pacing will also keep you relatively distracted/receptive to forgiving the occasional gaudy emotional choices that characters make. It’s a visual feast with hyper-realistic image composition and is definitely worth watching on IMAX, paired with a sufficiently compelling soundtrack by Lorne Balfe, which could begin to justify the $15 million worth of reshoots that Geostorm had.
Beyond the technicalities, the movie raises some pretty important questions about humanity’s choices and abilities, in tragic times of Trump’s war on the EPA and disregard for the integral Paris Agreement. Thankfully, these themes are not overbearing and are well moderated.
Look beyond the bad press and give this one a watch, Geostorm is an ample movie that the world we know calls for.