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Geostorm

In the 1970’s, the ‘disaster movie’ was a popular genre. With a group of well-known actors facing a natural or human-made calamity, the formula carved a niche in cinema history. Whilst it faded after the decade of disco and flares, variations have been seen since. ‘Geostorm’ is the latest pitting humanity against a potentially unstoppable force. Although the cast is less starry than before, its disastrous aims are still high as it proves how fun it can be to see silver screen peril.

In the distant future, earth’s climate is controlled by a bevy of satellites used to offset global warming. This flounders when they begin to mysteriously malfunction. Sending deadly pods into the earth which can generate enormous storms, the world quickly faces extinction. Sending chief scientist and astronaut Jake (Gerald Butler) into space while his brother Max (Jim Sturgess) handles things on earth, humanity’s fate rests in their hands against nature’s unending fury.

‘Geostorm’ is a strange mix of conspiracy thriller, sci-fi, action and disaster genres. It shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does which is entirely due to the strong performances and exciting script. It doesn’t always fully achieve its ambitious targets but it’s a fun ride overall with great CGI. Director Dean Devlin knows this type of movie well having produced similar works such as ‘Independence Day’ and ‘2012’. Those films are referenced several times in ‘Geostorm’ that’s so ridiculously over the top you may as well enjoy it.

‘Geostorm’ knows what type of film it wants to be and runs with it at full speed. Dull moments are few with the perfectly pitched performances taking things with stoic seriousness amidst a wave of outlandish incidents. It is interesting watching problems solved in space and earth simultaneously with the brothers sorting through their personal differences millions of miles away. But we’re not watching a family drama as ‘Geostorm’ is resolutely ‘brain at the door’-style movie-making.

Although a silly load of nonsense, ‘Geostorm’ remains engaging. It’s not earth-shattering and nor is it in danger of winning Oscars. But it provides a spectacle allowing the viewer to sit back and marvel at the imaginative ways earth can be destroyed and how wicked the minds of film-makers can be.

Rating out of 10: 6

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