Geostorm plot politics disguised as action

Monday October 23, 2017 Written by Published in Entertainment
A scene from the movie Geostorm, now playing at Empire Cinema. 17102001 A scene from the movie Geostorm, now playing at Empire Cinema. 17102001

It’s an inconvenient truth that climate change is man-made.

 

Escalating global temperatures that melt the ice caps that cause the sea levels to rise, as well as the various natural disasters that seem to be happening almost daily, are all due to the arrogance of man’s progress.

But because the problem is so big, so global, it is almost too big a problem for many people to comprehend.

Your car can’t start? That’s something man-made you can fix.

The week has been just a little too hot? Install some air-conditioning.

What Geostorm does, albeit very heavy-handedly, is create a man-made space station that begins to destroy the world with various natural disasters.

Although of course, it wasn’t designed with that in mind.

Named “Dutch Boy”, after the boy who plugged a dike (a long wall built to prevent flooding) with his finger, it was created after all the world’s leaders gathered together because they knew something had to be done about the increasing climate disasters, and they had to put aside their differences to save the world.

And in a movie about a space station destroying cities around the world, that is easily the most unrealistic part of the story.

But of course, their good intentions are soon hijacked by rouge individuals, driven by the fear, greed and desire, who weaponise the station for their own ends.

And of course, there is only One Man who can stop them, and that’s Gerard Butler, the star of the film.

Butler, presumably still getting work after his inspired turn as King Leonidas in 300, sleepwalks through Geostorm, either speaking in technical jargon or giving half-hearted speeches about family.

As the star goes, so does the movie, making it a pretty forgettable political movie disguised as an action movie.

In saying that, if you are a fan of the Transformers movies, or similar recent action movies, you might find this enjoyable.

It has recurring action themes that you will recognise; the strong action star, the secret service agent, the hacker, a “will-they won’t-they” relationship dynamic, cheeky one-liners and big action set pieces.

One in particular, a lightning storm in Florida, may be thrilling to some, but epilepsy-inducing to others, so if fast-flashing light is not your thing, you may want to give this a miss or at least pop out of the theatre during the car chase scene.

This really is a movie for all ages, because probably the biggest compliment I can give the film is that it is very easy to understand.

There’s no ambiguity about the plot; someone has hacked the giant space station, people are dying, and the goal is to find out who’s behind and try to stop it.

The motivations of the characters are simply explained, the techno-babble is fairly understandable and you can easily tell who is who.

But if you’re after a bit more meat in your movie, those reasons listed above are probably why you won’t enjoy it.

But of all the recent disaster movies, this one might be the clearest in blaming humanity for the continued destruction of earth’s climate.

It clearly had a very rosy view of today’s leaders, believing in the face of adversity that they would recognise the problem, not use it for political gain but band together and create a solution that saves the entire planet (again, the most unrealistic aspect of the movie).

But, as US president Donald Trump showed by pulling out of the Paris Agreement (a climate change agreement that 195 countries have signed onto), we are still some way from reaching that degree of unity and culpability.

If only it was as easy as sending Gerard Butler into space.

 

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