With the recent crazy weather events, Geostorm is a timely movie with danger and thrills. I’m giving it an A-.
In 2019, a catastrophic weather event set in motion the creation of a system of satellites to control and prevent major weather events from happening. The Dutch Boy program was Jake Lawson’s (played by Gerard Butler) baby, but when he doesn’t play nice with the politicians, he’s pulled by his own brother, Max, (played by Jim Sturgess) from the project. Just as the United States is about to turn over the control to an international governing body, malfunctions occur causing horrible weather events to happen. Now it’s up to Jake and Max to figure out who is behind the sabotage and fix it before the whole world’s weather explodes.
Geostorm is more than an apocalyptic tale, it’s about family. The dynamics between Jake and Max, as well as Jake and his daughter are touching and are realistic. Families fight and disagree, families don’t always see eye to eye, yet families are forever. Then there’s the idea of the Dutch Boy being Jake’s baby as well. He can’t let it fail nor be used as a weapon.
Another amazing dynamic is the character of Sarah Wilson played by Abbie Cornish. She’s a female secret service agent on the detail to protect the president, but she’s breaking the rules by dating Max who is a member of the government. Sassy and professional, she’s a strong woman in a role we don’t’ often see females in. She’s conflicted but ultimately does what she needs to do, even it costs her.
The twists and turns keep you guessing as to who is the person or people behind the sabotage. I liked the interplay between Butler’s character and everyone else. I could be blindfolded and just listen to him talk all the time. His character in Geostorm was reminiscent of his character from Olympus has Fallen, but with a less guns and more outer space.
Reminiscent of San Andreas and Independence Day, Geostorm features stunning visual effects and wonderful characters. It’s slow to start off but the pace picks up as it heads to a stunning conclusion. Some may say that the ending is too wrapped up for their taste, but it does give us a launching point for a sequel… or at least a dialogue about playing God.
With the stunning visuals, this is a great movie to see on the big screen, but even if you don’t catch it there, it’s a fun afternoon movie.
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