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Geostorm | Average Guy Movie Review


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In the not too distant future, a series of satellites known as "Dutch Boy" have been set up to control the Earth's weather. Two weeks before the system is to be handed over to an international committee, a malfunction begins causing extreme weather events across the globe. In order to deal with the problem, the President sends "Dutch Boy's" chief designer - played by Gerard Butler - to investigate. But can he solve the problem before the storms combine to form one massive geostorm that'll consume the globe?


As disaster movies go, this is certainly not the best. In his directorial debut Dean Devlin has attempted to follow in the footsteps of his long term collaborator Roland Emmerich, but much like Independence Day: Resurgence and 2012, Geostorm fails to live up to its predecessors. In fact, given the choice of extreme weather movies, I'd much rather watch The Day After Tomorrow.


That being said, it's an action, sci-fi, disaster movie. It's not supposed to be ground breaking, it's 2 hours of silly fun where you can switch your brain off. I didn't leave the cinema angry at the loss of 2 hours of my life, I just enjoyed it for what it was. There's some good action, some funny moments. The CGI isn't the best but it's good enough. The cast all give good performances, although they're not really being challenged. Gerard Butler is playing the Hollywood action hero he usually does, but he makes it work. Talitha Bateman delivers a very convincing performance as Butler's teenage daughter.


The story is very predictable and you can see every plot twist coming from a mile off, but isn't it nice sometimes to just relax and watch a movie that you can just absorb? If your answer is yes, check out Geostorm. If not, maybe it's not for you. I will say that a movie this ridiculous preaching to us about the dangers of climate change is laughable. You can't make a movie for us to switch our brains off and then expect us to turn them back on!


Clearly on his first attempt at directing, Dean Devlin has tried to step into Roland Emmerich's shoes when he should have avoided them completely! Geostorm is an average movie, it's not amazing, but it's not boring.
6/10


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