When me­te­o­rol­ogy turns ma­li­cious

Talk of the Town - - Classified Advertisements - LOUISE CARTER

Geostorm with Ger­ard But­ler, Jim Sturgess, Ab­bie Cor­nish, Andy Gar­cia and Ed Har­ris. Di­rected by Dean Devlin. 3.5/5

AF­TER a se­ries of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters threat­ened Earth, the world’s lead­ers came to­gether to cre­ate an in­tri­cate net­work of satel­lites to con­trol global cli­mate, com­mis­sioned as “Dutch Boy”.

Some­thing goes ter­ri­bly wrong and me­te­o­rol­ogy has turned ma­li­cious and the same sys­tem built to pro­tect Earth is now at­tack­ing it.

The plot fol­lows a satel­lite de­signer, Jake Law­son (Ger­ard But­ler), who tries to pre­vent the oc­cur­rence of a storm of epic pro­por­tions caused by the mal­func­tion­ing cli­mate con­trol satel­lites he cre­ated.

Af­ter Dutch Boy neu­tralises a mas­sive hur­ri­cane over Shang­hai, Jake is rep­ri­manded by a coun­cil sub-com­mit­tee for ac­ti­vat­ing the satel­lites with­out prior ap­proval and is re­placed by his brother Max Law­son (Jim Sturgess), who works un­der the sec­re­tary of state.

A few years later, a United Na­tions field team sta­tioned in Afghanistan comes across a vil­lage that has been flash frozen, along with all of its in­hab­i­tants. The United States pres­i­dent calls an emer­gency meet­ing of his cab­i­net, where blame is placed on a tech­ni­cal mal­func­tion.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is launched and Jake is re­quested to go on the mis­sion to the In­ter­na­tional Cli­mate Space Sta­tion (ICSS).

Mean­while, a sud­den spike in tem­per­a­ture in Hong Kong re­sults in gas lines burst­ing, de­stroy­ing part of the city in a mas­sive firestorm.

Upon ar­riv­ing at ICSS, Jake meets the com­man­der of the space sta­tion, Ute Fass­binder (Alexandra Maria Lara), along with her crew.

When the crew tries to in­ves­ti­gate Hong Kong's satel­lite, the ro­botic arm hold­ing the satel­lite malfunctions, caus­ing the satel­lite to be bro­ken be­yond re­pair, and all of its data is lost. An­other satel­lite goes hay­wire, and Tokyo is struck with a mas­sive hail­storm.

While one sub­plot fol­lows the mys­tery in space, an­other in­volves Max un­cov­er­ing a se­cret pro­gramme in­tended to sim­u­late ex­treme weather pat­terns.

The nar­ra­tive be­comes more ac­tion packed, and kid­nap­ping, trea­son and be­trayal fol­low. Jake and his brother along­side his se­cret agent girl­friend have to race against time to save the planet from the Geostorm and un­cover who the true vil­lain is and their rea­son be­hind the at­tack.

The film is packed with lots of CGI and would be an in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to watch in ei­ther 3D or 4D.

The film has a PG 13 rat­ing and could up­set sen­si­tive view­ers with all the scenes of de­struc­tion and end-of-the-world sce­nar­ios.

Al­though en­ter­tain­ing and en­joy­able,

Geostorm didn’t feel like some­thing new and its im­pact lasted as long as the film.

It re­minded me of the dis­as­ter films in the past 20 years.

MUL­TI­PLE DIS­AS­TERS: Look­ing very much like half a dozen re­cent dis­as­ter movies, in ‘Geostorm’, sky­scrapers are top­pled as mas­sive tsunamis lay waste to shores

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