Geostorm

 

BY RYAN MACKETT


GEOSTORM marks the feature directorial debut of long-time producer Dean Devlin (producer of Independence Day, Stargate and that bad Godzilla movie). The film stars Gerard Butler as some sort of engineer climatologist astronaut guy who invented a global network of satellites that controls the weather.

You see, in the future world that Geostorm is set in, climate change got so bad that a bunch of American scientists begrudgingly teamed up with 16 other nations to develop this high-tech weather machine to solve the problem.

As it turns out, a bunch of bad stuff happens which may or may not be terrorism, sabotage or government conspiracy. Butler and his brother along with a secret service agent are left to save the day so to speak.

If you can tell from the tone of this review thus far that I didn’t care for the film, you’d be absolutely right! I thought the film was a waste of time, a waste of talent and a waste of resources that could have been spent making something truly remarkable.

Look, we get it. Audiences now know that CGI and special effects have gotten so good in recent years, filmmakers can literally do anything and have it look convincing on screen. So what do seemingly all of the contemporary hack filmmakers do with this unlimited visual power?

They come up with new and improved ways of destroying the planet and killing people. I understand the concept of “bigger and better” in Hollywood. I also understand that I myself am a bit hypocritical as I gripe about this (after all, I’m a huge fan of comic book movies, and every one of those tries to one-up the last).

But the key here is story and character. If the characters are one-dimensional and have no connection to the audience, and the only story is a sorry plot device used for the sole purpose of showcasing cinematic mayhem, then the movie is a failure.

Geostorm co-stared Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia. It should have at least been decent as far as performances go. Instead we saw a bunch of talented actors trudge trough a bad script for the paycheque on the other side. I’m sorry but when Hollywood is capable of turning out films such as The Martian, Interstellar and Apollo 13 to name a few, garbage like Geostorm is inexcusable.

It’s infuriating that Warner Brothers is looking into pulling Blade Runner 2049 from theatres early because of lacklustre ticket sales while movies like Geostorm keep getting made.

I feel guilty having paid money to see Geostorm and by extension supporting the film. So if I can use this review to dissuade at least one person from seeing it, then I can sleep happy tonight. Avoid this one.

Ryan Mackett is an artist and film enthusiast who resides in Thunder Bay. Email questions or comments to him at tbaymovieguy@gmail.com.

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