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REVIEW: “Geostorm” predictable and disappointing

By Ellie Rife, Writer

As I walked into the movie theater, I was anticipating what I thought would be a simple action and adventure movie revolving around one of my favorite topics, storms. This simply was an understatement.

The movie began as what I, and perhaps many others, would refer to as a stereotypical action movie — first laying out the groundwork and building anticipation for the disasters to strike, leaving the viewer with an array of ideas of how the movie was to play out.

In “Geostorm,” the earth has been subjected to numerous natural disasters that propel the world’s leaders to develop a satellite system, known as “Dutch Boy,” designed to control and protect the earth from these catastrophes. As the plot thickens, we find that the satellite has been manipulated by an unsuspecting government member seeking domination. Jake Lawson, creator of “Dutch Boy,” lost his position and found it to be replaced with his brother, Max Lawson, who now seeks to reconcile with his older brother in hopes he will join up with the team once more to fight for the control of “Dutch Boy” and prevent a geostorm.

As the movie progressed, I found myself continually turning to my friend and telling her what was going to happen next. Unsurprisingly, I was continually correct. This movie followed a predictable pattern, that in my opinion, anyone could easily catch on to. I would describe the main feeling I had towards watching this movie as annoyance. This movie drug out the suspense too long, to the point where it seemed that was the only purpose of the movie. One dramatic scene led into the next with no respite. This is the main reason why I would describe this movie as unsatisfactory. In the end however, I cheered silently in my head for the characters, despite the predictability of it.

One positive comment I have regarding this movie is the choice of actors. Gerard Butler played Jake Lawson, the brother to Max Lawson, who was played by Jim Sturgess. The relationship between these characters was intriguing. They begin as brothers who have suffered a rift in their relationship and ended reconciled. The actors seemed to fit the roles of the characters perfectly, and I appreciated the relationships between them. In one instance, both Max Lawson and Sarah Wilson, played by Abbie Cornish, are employed by the government and must keep their relationship a secret. Watching their struggle to keep this in hiding while they are at work is, in my opinion, comical and intriguing.

Something that did not disappoint me was the sheer chaos of the natural disasters that strike. It would be a huge understatement to say that the movie lacked a large variety of disasters inflicted by “Dutch Boy.” The title “geostorm” truly does fit the description of this movie, as there is not much else focused on in it.

I left this movie disappointed, as I expected it to be more dynamic than it was, and would recommend it to anyone who is simply looking for a movie with explosions and chaos with no real depth.

Rate: 2/5

Ellie Rife is a senior Biology and philosophy double major. This review reflects the opinion of the author only.

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