What do you get when you cross 2012 with Independence Day? Yes, a film no one wanted nor asked for, but also the Gerald Butler starring Geostorm.
So every man and his face-licking dog (other than that odd guy in the White House) appears to accept global warming is a thing. We’ve had numerous documentaries and films touching upon the subject over the past decade and Geostorm is another batsh*t entry to add to that ever-growing collection.
Written and directed by Dean Devlin (who also produced the Independence Day films – shock, horror!), this weather-based action blockbuster has been critically ripped to shreds. I get it; it’s big, a bit dumb and relies on an Armageddon-lite finale for a bit of emotional pull (but can never quite go full Willis!). There’s something in me – and don’t get me wrong, it’s far from a masterpiece – that made this all rather watchable.
I’ll admit I got a little teary eyed in its latter stages, with Butler doing what he does best – that smirking tough-guy act with his hybrid Scottish-American accent – as he goes through some serious brother-daughter-wife issues while saving the planet from a failing weather-controlling satellite installed to keep global warming at bay.
OK, that all sounds stupid – but bare with me. It is… but amongst the head-scratching and pacing issues, there’s some fun-ish moments to be had. Jim Sturgess is the heartbeat of the film as he chases around politicians (and his big bro Butler) trying to sort shiz out, while Butler is genuinely very watchable, if not, until the final act, a little out of actions way, unfortunately.
So if you want to see giant light beams ripping apart stadiums and sweaty astronauts being sucked into space, this may be the film for you. There’s something there to be somewhat enjoyed, but if you’re expecting Armageddon or Independence Day charm, guts or heart, ya’ll be sadly mistaken.