Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
Dean Devlin directs this disaster film. When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat.
I am a big fan of disaster films. The 1970s was the most popular decade for disaster films, like Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and The Towering Inferno, just to mention a few.
However, Geostorm sets a perfect example as to how a disaster film should NOT be done.
After an extraordinary number of natural disasters endangered the planet, the world's leaders gathered to make an complicated network of satellites to regulate the worldwide climate and keep all and sundry safe.
But now, something is not right: the system constructed to protect Earth is being aggressive to it, and it becomes a battle against time to find out the actual threat before a international Geostorm damages just about everything – including the population.
Gerard Butler gives an unconvincing performance in his part as the satellite designer Jake Lawson, while Jim Sturgess doesn’t offer much as the Assistant Secretary of State Max Lawson, Jake’s younger brother.
Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris and Andy Garcia offer little in their respective parts as Sarah Wilson, Leonard Dekkom and Andrew Palma. Sarah is the U.S. Secret Service Agent and Max’s fiancée, while Leonard is the U.S. Secretary of State and Andrew is the U.S. President.
The characters have absolutely no idea what to do with themselves, which make it very annoying for the viewer and it definitely is not the only problems the movie has.
The direction from Devlin is not good as he creates no tense atmosphere happening whatsoever, while the script is written to a poor standard by the director and Paul Guyot as there is absolutely no focus on the story at all – the movie takes forever (literally) to get going.
Not even the disaster sequences get the edge-of-the-seat status. This film needed to have much more tension and suspense – my goodness we would probably be talking about a different film if these did occur.
Overall, poor performances, direction, script and huge lack of disaster sequences, tension and character determination means Geostorm is one of the worst films to have been released in this year.