In the latest ‘Gerard Butler saves the world and advocates American Patriotism’ endeavour, we find Jake Lawson (Butler) in the midst of plans to hand over his weather controlling satellites – implemented to stop a global climate crisis – to international ownership.
His brother and adviser, Max (Sturgess), feels as though the company and control of the satellites would do better in other hands, and transfers ownership and responsibility to himself, giving his brother the boot in the process.
A few years down the track, the satellite system – nicknamed Dutchboy – is starting to malfunction. What at first appeared to be a simple technical error could be something more sinister. Jake is brought back on board to find out what’s going wrong with the system, and fix it before the handover. Max’s girlfriend (Cornish) just so happens to be a member of the Secret Service, and proves to be an asset in getting to the heart of the problem.
Having produced disaster epics like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, Geostorm isn’t really a challenge for first-time director Dean Devlin. Neither is it for audiences, who get Gerard Butler acting the hero, the planet being ravaged by wild weather, and of course lots of spectacular CGI.
Geostorm isn’t a complete disaster, but it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.
In cinemas: October 19, 2017
Starring: Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Jim Sturgess
Directed by: Dean Devlin