Geostorm is a 2017 American science fiction disaster film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Dean Devlin in his feature film directorial debut. The film stars Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Abbie Cornish, Richard Schiff, Alexandra Maria Lara, Robert Sheehan, Daniel Wu, Eugenio Derbez, and Andy García. It opened in theatres on October 20, 2017.
After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world's leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong: the system built to protect Earth is attacking it, and it becomes a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone along with it. Jake Lawson, a technology designer, is tasked with saving the world from this disaster.
Why It Sucks
- It ends up being Independence Day meets The Day After Tomorrow, both of which Dean Devlin had worked on. This is worse as it sounds due to a ludicrous plotline with underdeveloped characters and subplots that goes nowhere.
- It's a generic and forgettable disaster film that cares more about the over-the-top action sequences than the characters, story, and script, a la director Dean Devlin's superior, Roland Emmerich.
- Lackluster and poor visual effects.
- Uninspiring and cliched story.
- False advertising: On the poster, you see that Jake and Hannah Lawson have survived a tsunami or tornado. But in the movie, it never happened. Another misleading poster is that Egypt has been frozen, but neither has happened itself.
- Speaking of Hannah Lawson (inspired by director Dean Devlin's daughter), she barely gets a fair amount of screen-time and only serves as the narrator.
- On that topic, the poster rips off the poster for Christopher Nolan's Inception.
- Some of the characters were underdeveloped and one-dimensional.
- Leonard Dekkom and his assistant Duncan Taylor are weak and generic "complete monster" villains.
- The tagline makes no sense because it says "Brave the Storm" when the heroes actually didn't brave the storm.
- Lame attempts at humor.
- Very bland cinematography.
- The scenes where Jake and Ute escape satellite with an escape pod is a blatant rip-off of Gravity, again, just like Life, another Skydance film.
- Lorne Balfe's score is at least decent.
- Soild acting.
- The idea of worldwide disaster film is interesting even through its executive meddling.
- Even though Hannah Lawson gets barely fair amount of screen time, she was pretty cute and likable character.
Geostorm received largely negative reviews from critics and audiences, with criticism focused on the "uninspiring" story and "lackluster" visual effects, although Lorne Balfe's score are prised. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 16% based on 88 reviews, and an average rating of 3.57/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Lacking impressive visuals, well-written characters, or involving drama, Geostorm aims for epic disaster-movie spectacle but ends up simply being a disaster of a movie.". On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 21 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Geostorm opened up at #2 on its opening weekend making a domestic gross of $4,304,551. The total domestic gross was $33,700,160. In foreign territories, it made $187,900,000. Overall, Geostorm grossed $221,600,160 against its $120 million budget, making it labeled a box office flop, causing Warner Bros. and Skydance Media to losing an estimated $71.6 million budget.
- This was Warner Bros. first film produced by Skydance Media.
- Warner Bros. Pictures a uploaded prank video related to the film.