”Geostorm” weathers high expectations

Evi Arthur
Reporter

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“Geostorm” is the harrowing tale of what would happen if the world decided to fix all of its severe weather, a thought that sounds appealing after a year of hurricanes and wildfires. The movie starts in the year 2019, when operation of “Dutchboy,” the satellite system that controls the weather, is given to the government despite the wishes of the creator (Jake Lawson). This shift of power places control of the satellites, and the space station that controls them, into the hands of Lawson’s brother, Max.

However, three years later, the system begins to malfunction, leading to the freezing of villages in Afghanistan and the frying of the city of Hong Kong. Jake is sent up into space to fix the problem at his brother’s request and soon finds that there is more to the problem than simple machine malfunctions, these events happened on purpose. Jake and Max must fight to find the culprit and save the world, literally, from destruction.

I did not expect to enjoy this movie as much as I did. “Geostorm” was fascinating. I was never bored by the plot and the science side of the film was fairly easy to wrap my head around which was very helpful. I haven’t seen a movie with such a unique plot that I actually enjoyed in a very long time. One thing I didn’t like was Gerard Butler’s (Jake Lawson) performance. He was not authentic or at all convincing as the creator of such a vast satellite system. Even when the world was about to end, he seemed reluctant to display any real emotions.

With times where I laughed out loud and moments where I was quite literally sitting on the edge of my recliner, “Geostorm” tells the story of a destructive future that doesn’t feel all that far away.

4 out of 5 torches

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