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Geostorm (PG-13)
Film Reviews by Amy Diaz

10/26/17
By Amy Diaz adiaz@hippopress.com



Somebody breaks the weather and only Gerard Butler can fix it in Geostorm, a disaster movie that is just as ridiculous as it sounds. 

Jake Lawson (Butler) is a doofy American hothead who built a satellite net, called Dutch Boy, that controls the extreme weather events that had plagued Earth. He is fired — by his congressional staffer brother Max (Jim Sturgess), no less — from the Dutch Boy project for being too much of a hothead who insults politicians, won’t follow orders, etc. 
A few years later, Jake is living in a trailer within viewing distance of Cape Canaveral in Florida (where the shuttles take off to the international space station that oversees Dutch Boy) and hanging out with his unnecessary plot-point daughter twice a month. He’s less than delighted to see Max, who needs to quietly hire a fix-it guy after malfunctions of Dutch Boy cause a flash freeze in Afghanistan, a fire storm in China and the death of a crew member aboard the space station.
Currently America controls the system but within weeks it will be handed over to an international agency. U.S. President Andrew Palma (Andy Garcia) is adamant that the system be fixed before it’s handed over and the glitches endanger international support for Dutch Boy. 
Jake travels up to the space station, where he receives the help of an international team: German Ute Fassbinder (Alexandra Maria Lara), Mexican Al Hernandez (Eugenio Derbez), Nigerian Eni Adisa (Adepero Oduye), Frenchman Ray Dussette (Amr Waked) and Brit Duncan Taylor (Robert Sheehan). Quickly, Jake determines that the malfunctions aren’t malfunctions but the result of intentional sabotage. He puts aside his differences with his brother to warn him that not only is somebody using the weather system to create mayhem and destruction but also the perpetrator is somebody at the highest levels of the U.S. government, possibly President Andy Garcia himself. 
Max, along with his girlfriend U.S. Secret Service Agent Sarah Wilson (Abbie Cornish), a state department worker/hacker named Dana (Zazie Beetz) and Dutch Boy specialist in China Cheng Long (Daniel Wu), must work fast to uncover the scheme before the villain causing the satellites to go rogue causes a chain reaction of weather events that will overtake the entire planet. In other words, a geostorm! Whatever that is! 
Geostorm has too much and too little of what makes this kind of disaster movie fun. Too much with Jake’s daughter (I don’t really need a personal connection to an Earthbound person to believe that Jake would be anti-world-destruction). Not enough “why a person is destroying the world with weather.” (There are two possible stated motivations but neither one — so the U.S. can keep control of Dutch Boy and/or to wipe out all of the U.S.’s enemies — is presented in a way that is all that sense-making based on the action that has come before.) Too much of Max and Sarah. Not enough of the fun international team on the space station. (Forget science; this movie, which seems to have built that crew specifically for an international audience, doesn’t even do pandering right.)
This movie also does not have enough in the way of laughs, either with or at the movie would be fine with me but we get neither. C-
Rated PG-13 for destruction, action and violence. Directed by Dean Devlin with a screenplay by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot, Geostorm is an hour and 49 minutes long and distributed by Warner Bros. 





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