Directed By: Dean Devlin
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Alexandra Maria Lara, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, Amr Waked, Adepero Oduye, Zazie Beetz, Andy Garcia, Ed Harris,
Rated: PG-13
Grade: C+

In the near future, Earth’s weather has become so extreme that a massive satellite capable of altering the planet’s weather patterns is placed in orbit. However, on the eve of turning over control of the satellite from the United States to the United Nations, a series of severe, and fatal, weather events happen and astrophysical engineer Hank Lawson is sent up to try and figure out what’s going wrong and put a stop to it before the system fails completely, creating a worldwide storm system called a Geostorm.

In the realm of disaster movies, Geostorm is near middling. At this point in time, the plots can get somewhat predictable, and while the actual plot has some originality, for the most part it could be nearly any disaster movie made in the last 20 years or so. The acting is sufficient, though Butler and Sturgess aren’t the best at imitating American accents (fun fact: there’s a line where Butler’s character says he and his brother were born in the UK before moving to the US as kids, most likely to cover for the fact that neither one of their leads can pass off an American accent very believably). As far as entertainment value is concerned, it’s slightly more so than your average disaster flick, probably due to the previously stated somewhat original plot. The actors themselves have a decent chemistry. Butler and Sturgess are believable as brothers, and Sturgess has good chemistry with Cornish, who plays his love interest. There’s also a hint at a possible potential romance between Butler and Lara’s characters, but it doesn’t go beyond a few long looks and isn’t really addressed.

The special effects are really well done. They show instances of extreme weather developing on a rapid scale, several shots and scenes taking place in space, and some instances of slightly futuristic technology. It’s all handled well, and nothing looks too obvious. The background filler is also done well.

If you’re looking for a fun popcorn flick, then this is definitely recommended. You don’t need to think too much about the plot, and there’s enough action to keep you interested. There’s also something of a whodunnit, with two possible choices for the mastermind behind the weather plot. It also serves as a bit of a cautionary tale about global warming, and the increasing severity of natural disasters and storms without getting too preachy.

Geostorm is not available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.

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