Film Review: Geostorm

Joshua Canfield, Staff Writer

The fantasy/science fiction film Geostorm (rated PG-13) premiered on October 20.

It’s not for everyone. It has a great director: Dean Devlin, who directed legendary movies like Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998). There are some great actors: Gerard Butler and Ed Harris. But even with the renowned acting by some great individuals and the great CGI displays of visuals, the character development is not existent — you feel like you don’t know the characters.

Geostorm is about our world and how natural disasters are getting out of control, so the world came together to build a counter-measure to these storms, the Dutch Boy. Everything works until Dutch Boy starts to attack earth with catastrophic weather and leads to a geostorm,  a superstorm that could wipe out the earth. Jake Lawson (Butler), the lead developer of Dutch Boy, has to figure out how to fix it.

If you enjoy a good movie to watch that has great visuals and good actors, Geostorm is definitely for you. But if you want to understand the characters and the story and feel like you were apart of the adventure, you might be disappointed in what you see.

By the end of the movie, I said, “Is that it?” The conflict was the main focus and not the development of the character’s relationships. I would say Geostorm would be worth seeing in the theater because of the great visuals and sound effects, but if you have a nice sound system at home I would wait for it to come out on DVD.