It has been a while since I have seen a really “cheesy” sci-fi film, so thankfully the new release “Geostorm” fits that bill perfectly.
The film is described as a science fiction disaster film (even better) and treats viewers to the hyper acting talents of Gerard Butler (“Dracula 2000”), along with those of co-star Jim Sturgess (“Across the Universe”), who despite playing brothers have little onscreen chemistry. The plot of this hoot of a film is how the world has dealt with extreme natural disasters by creating a system of satellites that control the climate around the Earth. The satellites are controlled by the International Climate Space Station, which was created by chief architect Jake Lawson (Butler). The satellites, referred to as “Dutch Boy” are doing their job to perfection until a United Nations field team discovers a frozen village in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, back on the Space Station, an engineer is ejected into space in what appears to be a horrible accident. No sooner than you can say sabotage, another weather related accident occurs in Hong Kong, leaving several city streets melting and buildings collapsing due to extreme heat.
The aforementioned Jake’s brother Max (Sturgess) urges his brother to head up to Space Station to see why the accidents have occurred. Once he is onboard the ICSS, Jake discovers further disturbing happenings, while his earthbound brother Max is able, with the help of blonde bombshell Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson (Abbie Cornish), to uncover who is responsible for sabotaging the satellites. The one responsible for the sabotage of the satellites, Dr. Evil, oops wrong movie, has put his plan in motion in order to wipe out all of America’s “enemies”. I will not reveal the villains identity less to spoil all the fun. The action in the film takes place in space and on the ground with all types of extreme weather, explosions, and a car chase for good measure. After all, what is a good disaster/sci-fi/action film without a car chase? The film features plenty of over-the-top dialogue perfect for this type of film, and the special effects are worthy of the films $120 million budget. Butler is in hero mode in the film, once he realizes he must do something to compete with the special effects, which can be overpowering for even the best actor. Butler was so hyper at times I expected him to yell “we are Sparta”! The supporting cast includes Andy Garcia (!) as the President of the United States, who apparently really needed the work so bad he took the role.
The space station in question was like a floating United Nations, and any of the residents would have been at home on any starship from “Star Trek.” Despite all the emoting from Butler and the other actors, let’s face facts: we came to see destruction via mother nature. You know, multiple tornadoes in India, and Orlando being hit by a massive lightning storm for example. Never fret however, all is fine as our heroes save the Earth from a massive Geostorm in time for the Sturgess brothers to reunite and end the film by staring at an ocean that no longer is set to kill them. “Geostorm” definitely falls into the category of “bad movies we love”, and we can all be grateful there are still cheesy films we can enjoy without guilt.
(Rated PG-13) 2 Cheese Cubes (out of 4)