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Only Gerard Butler stands between us and total weather-geddon in an action film that blows where the wind goes.

"Actually, my brother and I were born in the U.K.," drawls Gerard Butler in this disaster thriller, as if to explain away any accent wobbles from him and onscreen sibling Jim Sturgess. Now in the States, Jake (Butler) is a satellite designer, while Max (Sturgess) works at the White House, where his job mostly seems to involve asking what the hell is going on.

It’s a fair question. After a series of natural calamities occur around the globe, Jake and team design a space station to control the weather. Suddenly—and surely to no one's great surprise—it’s malfunctioning dangerously, so Jake goes back up to fix it, sniffs out a conspiracy and tells Max to sort it out on Earth while the Geostorm countdown clock ticks.

Saddled with silly dialogue, Butler and Sturgess rarely convince, while Andy Garcia and Ed Harris are barely stretched as the President and Secretary of State. More peripheral characters are permitted to have fun: Zazie Beetz brings comic relief as a sardonic tech head, while Abbie Cornish gets to go full Jack Bauer as a character dismissively called "Secret Service Barbie."

All in all, Geostorm is a watery blend of Armageddon and 24, with enough action to entertain on a basic level. It’ll probably be most appealing to scientists looking for a good laugh.

By: Anna Smith


Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Friday October 20 2017
Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Dean Devlin
Screenwriter: Dean Devlin, Paul Guyot
Cast: Katheryn Winnick
Gerard Butler
Abbie Cornish
Jim Sturgess
Ed Harris
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