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Blu-ray Review: Geostorm

January 23, 2018

By John Corrado

★½ (out of 4)

When climate change starts running amok, causing devastating natural disasters around the globe, the world’s governments hire the cocky scientist Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler) to set up the Dutch Boy Program, a high tech network of satellites that are connected to a space station and control the Earth’s weather, keeping the climate in check.

When Jake gets fired from his own project, his brother Max (Jim Sturgess) is put in charge, causing friction between them.  But flash forward two years, and the satellites have started to malfunction with disastrous consequences, and Jake is needed to set things straight.  This means that the two estranged brothers have to work together, and they start to uncover a threat that puts the whole planet in jeopardy.

While Geostorm can be mildly entertaining at times in a schlocky disaster movie sort of way, it’s also a mess that often feels cheesy in its approach, with the characters functioning as little more than thinly written cardboard cutouts.  This is one of those films where the cliches just keep piling up, and most of the plot points can be seen coming from a mile away, with the increasingly ludicrous story coming secondary to the set pieces.  If all you’re looking for is dumb fun then Geostorm might do the trick, but it’s about as subtle as a tidal wave or a rapidly approaching tornado on the horizon, and I can’t say that this storm adds up to an overly memorable movie.

The Blu-ray also includes the three production featurettes Wreaking Havoc, The Search for Answers and An International Cast.

Geostorm is a Warner Bros. Home Enrertainment release.  It’s 109 minutes and rated PG.

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