Geostorm Movie Review

February 1, 2018

 

The interwebz thinks Geostorm sucks big lemons, but I'm here to say, "Hey! Not So Fast..."

 

Geostorm is palatable. Its shortcomings are evident and numerous, yes, but the film is no where near as bad as a true cinematic flop or broken movie due to wild directing and editing.

 

It's closer to a 6.5 or 7 out of 10, which is quite a bit higher than where its current ratings are at.

 

We're all spoiled by mega-productions created by visionary directors, and we have to remind ourselves that it's okay for a film to be good and not great, and that being so doesn't warrant being trashed.

 

Don't forget the entire movie in and of itself is about a touchy subject, and shame on anybody that flagrantly downvoted the film, just because they didn't like the controversial topic it was about.

 

Another element of Geostorm (see what I did there?) that hurt more than it helped was how technical the film was.

 

When I hear complex chat on cybersecurity, space satellites, and commencing shutdown sequences, I dance a little on the inside. (And sometimes on the outside, too, depending on how many drinks I've had!)

 

The average moviegoer, probably not so much. That narrows the film's audience, and sometimes that's inevitable, for genuineness. But it can (and most likely will) simultaneously turn-off the casual film goer.

 

I think it's worth noting here that typically, trailers are better than films. With Geostorm, I remember laughing out loud at the trailer, so whoever put that trailer together deserves to have their dessert taken away, because the film was actually significantly better than the trailer was.

 

The problems with Geostorm were miniscule, but abundant. I don't even know where to start, to be honest, but some of the issues that stood out to me personally were wonky sound editing, a couple of scenes in which the CG was poorly crafted, and Jim Sturgess (Gerard Butler's younger brother in the film) whose character only felt believable half the time.

 

To be more specific, there's a scene in which wild, rapid lightning strikes are decimating a town. One of those lightning strikes hits a big rig and blows it right up, and the CG/editing in the scene is laughably bad. It looks like a full second of footage is missing, as the truck goes from being perfectly fine, to instantly shifting 30 feet and being burnt to a crisp.

On that note, there's so much good CG in the film, that I can't let a bad scene or two ruin all the fun, because all of the natural disasters are computer generated, and for the most part, looked great.

 

To add to the list (told ya the issues were abundant), it probably didn't help the film's performance at the American Box Office that the three primary characters were played by a Scot, a Brit, and an Aussie, all trying to speak in American English...

 

Geostorm actually has a surprising number of familiar faces in it. Andy Garcia plays the POTUS, and Ed Harris plays one of his right hand men. (I miss The Man In Black!)

 

     All Images: Warner Bros.

 

I feel like we've been harping on the film quite a bit, so let's highlight some of Geostorm's positive qualities.

 

The design elements are pretty awesome, so whoever designed the International Space Station of the future, and all of the ancillary space accessories that made up "Dutchboy" (the name of the climate control satellite system in the movie) did a pretty fantastic job.

 

With the exception of 2 or 3 cheesy lines, the rest of the dialogue held up pretty well. The film's aesthetic was pleasant, and so was the pacing.

 

The hacker played by Zazie Beets was an enjoyable character. (Abbie Cornish's character was flawed. Underdeveloped and overly rigid in an attempt to make her look like a "real life Secret Service agent".)

 

Even Gerard Butler's daughter in the film does a pretty solid job. And among the chaos, there are a few shimmering moments that help add a bit of redemption.

 

So, I'm gonna recap again, and give it to you straight.

 

Geostorm is almost a good movie, but far from great and far from terrible. It's absolutely worth watching, especially if you're a fan of science fiction movies, or are intrigued by climate change. And although the film needed some help in a few areas, it's not nearly as bad as the internet is making it out to be.

 

Think Batman vs. Superman or The Dark Tower. Those movies were unwatchable. People of sound mind, body, and spirit, did not sit there for two and a half hours and force themselves to digest those films.

 

So give Geostorm a whirl for yourself and let me know your thoughts. The ending was lighthearted and left me feeling relatively satisfied, despite all of its shortcomings.

 

-A.C.H.

 

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