Geostorm (2017)

Director: Dean Devlin
Writer: Dean Devlin, Paul Guyot
Cast: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie CornishAlexandra Maria LaraDaniel WuEugenio DerbezAmr WakedAdepero OduyeAndy GarciaEd HarrisRobert SheehanRichard SchiffMare WinninghamZazie Beetz
Seen on: 7.11.2017

To control climate change, the world has teamed up and created a network of satellites that can control the weather itself. But when the satellites are weaponized, Max (Jim Sturgess), who is in charge of the satellite program for the US government, knows that he has to get his brother Jake (Gerard Butler) on board to help: Jake developed the program and knows it like no other, but he was discharged and replaced by Max, so he may not be entirely inclined to go up into space to fix stuff. And of course, the question remains who is weaponizing the weather in the first place.

Geostorm is really the perfect movie to get drunk to: if you, like me, don’t spend a minute really thinking about it, in fact, if you don’t take it seriously at all, you’re going to have a blast with it. I sure did.

I knew going in that Geostorm was not about to be an intellectual masterpiece, so I came prepared (meaning, I brought alcohol) and that meant that I was in the perfect mood for the film. I wouldn’t recommend seeing the film sober in any case. If you’re sober, you’ll definitely think too much about how stupid and predictable the story is and how much everything is telegraphed throughout the film.

But if you’re able to turn off your brain, what you’ll get is an absolutely entertaining film that will make you laugh. Mostly involuntarily (like in the chase scene, obviously sponsored by Smart), but sometimes even when they mean to. And it does have some nice, if not overly great special effects.

The characters are also really nice and while the cast should have been better, they do manage to wrangle them into a very likeable group. I’m also 100% convinced that the script was written by at least one younger brother who used the writing to really work on his relationship with his bigger brother – which is a nice change from all the films with daddy issues that we usually get.

All of that means that Geostorm is excellent “so bad it’s good” material and I really, really enjoyed myself while getting drunk to it.

Summarizing: Recommended, but only if you really and truly shut off your brain.

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