‘Geostorm’ disappoints on many levels after promising premise
‘ At the Movies’
Fire scorching the landscape, floods eradicating entire cities, frigid blizzards freezing people in place – No, this isn't the recent events live across the globe, but the premise for the new Action/Thriller; Geostorm by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot. Before you write this film off as a 2012 'End of the World' knockoff, explore the premise a little further.
In this story, the world's leaders and scientists come together to form a system of satellites that regulate and control earth's weather AFTER a series of devastating natural disasters threatened to destroy the planet. Already way more interesting, right?
So, we have Gerard Butler playing Jake Lawson, one of the creators of the satellite weather system known affectionately as 'Dutch Boy.' His brother and cocreator, Max Lawson, (Jim Sturgess) has sold out and gone the route of politics, pushing the importance of global weather control while working a deal to ensure all nations have access to the system.
Que the problem: If everyone in the world can control weather patterns, what's to stop them from weaponizing such power and wiping out entire nations? Now we have our potential for inciting incident, but before that can happen we must learn that Jake and Max do not get along so well. In fact, Jake was fired by his younger brother and has since resigned himself to living in the desert and tinkering with renewable energy.
What could possibly bring these two back together? Oh, what about a huge malfunction with the satellite system that causes it to reign down terror across the planet? That's exactly what we get. Now, I have seen many “end of the world” films, but the action shots in Geostorm… Quite a harrowing experience to say the very least. We see everything from birds freezing in mid-flight and coming down like projectiles, to massive floods surging and raging through populated desert cities.
I know that's not uncommon for these types of movies, but the added firstperson perspective shots from people in the path of these extreme weather events add a tasty flavor to this genre. It's not only the camera shots, but the added pressure in the storyline of these events possibly being caused by our own government.
It brought to mind certain events transpiring across our reality today. We're seeing documents come to light about weather modification, cloud seeding, chem-trail spraying, and more. It doesn't take much digging on our official CIA archives database to see the parallels between reality and fiction in Geostorm.
The scenes of fires racing across neighborhoods and towns could have been pulled straight from the recordings of California, Oregon, and other parts of our country in recent months. The same for the scenes of flood waters, that could have easily been Florida or Texas, even Puerto Rico.
In the film, these events are caused by the systematic malfunctions of machine intelligence we've been working on in real life since Vietnam. Do some behind the scene research on “Project Popeye,” or “HAARP,” and ask yourself if we ever stopped utilizing and building on this technology? If you had the power of a God, would you give it up?
I'm sure I know the answer. Geostorm proves that corruption can and will infiltrate even the most delicate areas of our world. It comes at a time of uncertainty when we're gaining insight on high-level deception in our government, as well as, other governments that would seek to use such geo-engineering against us. Could this be a case of a little truth mixed with lies or just a clever flick filled with shock and awe? Do your research and decide for yourself, but check out the movie regardless to get a little heart-pounding excitement coursing through your veins.
A Review by Stephanie Sims