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03/22/2018 11:08:56 •••

Itís a disaster all right.

Geostorm: In Geostorm the earth has suffered massive disasters due to global warming. The countries all get together to create a vast spiderweb of satellites that all have magical powers to control the weather. Our hero Gerald Butler, who single handily invented and constructed all the satellites, is fired cause he tells it like it is and now the United States is ready to turn the satellites over to the world at large, but someone has taken control of the satellites and are making then do bad weather instead of good. Can our disgraced hero find out who is behind this and save the world in time?

The Good: Well it's better than The Core. Abbie Cornish is pretty good as the fiance of the brother of the hero who is also the head secret service agent protecting the President who might be the traitor and who is the only person who can reboot the satellites. She easily has the best action scene in the movie.

The Bad: Good lord where does one start. Well, let's start with one scene. Gerald Butler our Mary Sue inventor/action hero/tell it like it is the guy is going back to the space station he designed (and apparently builtÖ with scrapsÖ he found in a cave.) Keep in mind he is going back to the station he was fired from very publicly only four years ago. He meets with all the department heads of the station. None of them know who he is. Not one. He is the most famous man on the planet, he built the station they are sitting in, he only left four years ago, he flew up to the station in Space Shuttle like five minutes ago, he called this meeting, and he is wearing one of those Mr. Goodwrench shirts with his freakin name on it and the movie tries to do one of those OMG itís you moments.

Geostorm has the trying to prevent the disaster plot rather than the much easier to script trying to survive the disaster plot. It takes a tight script and a skilled filmmaker to make a preventing a disaster film work.

In Conclusion: Geostorm is almost more famous for the endless bumping of its release date, the expensive re-shoots and budget overruns. I expect a movie about the making of this film would be more exciting than the movie itself. Heck, even a movie about one of the two disasters at the beginning of the film that prompt this whole satellite building scheme would have worked better. I am a softy when it comes to disaster films. Some Syfy movie where a school bus full of kids falls into a sinkhole can keep me entertained for ninety minutes. I also genuinely enjoy Gerald Butler movies more than most. This, however, failed to win me over. Still better than The Core though (Seriously who puts a windshield on a drill?.


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