Geostorm: The Movie
Co- written, produced, and directed by Dean Devlin in his directorial debut, “Geostorm” was released into theaters on Oct. 20. The film follows two siblings rushing against time to stop a superstorm that would inevitably wipe humanity off the face of the earth. Jim (Gerard Butler) has created a network of satellites constructed to help control the climate, virtually ridding the world of untimely deaths and the enormous expense that goes into rebuilding a city after a natural disaster. Jim is fired and replaced by his younger brother Max (Jim Sturgess) by a board of prominent world leaders in an elaborate scheme to control the world and its climate. The two brothers along with friends and colleagues come together to help track down the source of the “Geostorm” malfunction and unite the country to prevent catastrophe.
Given the predictability of movies centered around natural disasters where characters race against time to save humanity, “Geostorm” takes the idea of mankind contributing to climate change to a very literal level.The satellites responsible for the creation of “Geostorm” form a network capable of controlling the world’s climate on a global scale.
Geostorm is filled with the usual natural disaster elements of political scandal, romance, heroes and villains, and the race for humanity’s survival. For some, the film may provide a superficial yet entertaining escape from the real disasters of wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme drought, rising sea levels, and climate change even while dramatizing them in action.