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USA 2017 - with Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia ...

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Movie info

Original title:Geostorm
Genre:Action, Adventure
Direction:Dean Devlin
Cinema release:19.10.2017
Production country:USA 2017
Running time:Approx. 109 min
Rated:From 12 years

In 2019, the Earth is so ravaged by environmental disasters that the global community bands together to implement the Dutch Boy program: A global network of satellites is designed to prevent major storms. And indeed, the whole thing seems to be working. But after a few years, mysterious events occur that suggest there is a malfunction with Dutch Boy. The only one who can quickly fix it is Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler), who was instrumental in developing the program. Too bad he was fired by his brother (Jim Sturgess), of all people, some time ago. As disasters mount, old disputes must be put aside in order to save the planet from complete destruction. But when Jake arrives at the control station, he quickly discovers that his system has been tampered with and that there appears to be a large-scale conspiracy behind the dramatic events that reaches into the highest echelons of politics.

Dead Devlin can end the world without Roland Emmerich. Having worked with Emmerich on the destruction orgies Independence Day 1 + 2 and Godzilla, he now shows in his feature debut as a director that he doesn't need the Master of Disaster's help to deliver a cinematic apocalypse. Geostorm is a disaster movie very much in the style of the Emmerich films - with all the strengths, but also all the weaknesses. One strength is undoubtedly the effects, which look really great. So then there are some spectacular moments, which may defy any logic anyway, but are still extremely entertaining to watch.

But again, the big weakness is the script, which is a collection of clichés and awkward dialogue. The characters are walking stereotypes with no rough edges whatsoever. As soon as you, the viewer, turn on your brain even a tiny bit, it immediately starts screaming out in pain. This is not because of the actors, who do their best to fill their characters with a tiny bit of life. But it just goes completely under the radar when you're littered with such a plethora of illogical plot twists and dialogue straight out of the disaster movie cliché manual.

But if you manage to lower your intellect to the point where it's just enough to guide your popcorn from hand to mouth, you can definitely have fun with this genre piece - even if (warning SPOILER) the titular geostorm doesn't even arrive at the end (what a surprise). An extremely stupid film - but nevertheless also very entertaining and therefore also for all fans of the disaster movie genre quite still: Worth seeing!

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Cinema trailer for the movie "Geostorm (USA 2017)"
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