Storm of predictability in 109 minutes


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Alyssa Donahoo, Staff Writer

On Oct. 20, Geostorm was released with much anticipation for an action-packed, end of the world movie. The movie told the story of the deadly geostorm caused by a project called Dutch Boy, created to eliminate worldwide natural disasters. This program was created by Jake Lawson (played by Gerard Butler) and was run by the International Space Station, which was overseen by his brother Max (played by Jim Sturgess), which set up hundreds of satellites over each country in the world.

The program was ultimately The United State’s property; Max worked for the president of the United States to oversee Dutch Boy. He needed to fire his brother from the project because of his carelessness. Problems soon arose without the oversight of Jake, and satellites began to malfunction and killed hundreds of people in the process. This is when Dekkom, (played by Ed Harris) the Secretary of State, invited Jake back onto the project of Dutch Boy to find the root of the problems while working on board the ISS.

The brothers found a virus that was set into the satellites to create malfunctions in a catastrophic way which would end in a geostorm. This virus which could only be made by a country with motive, and implanted by somebody on the ISS.

The last thirty minutes of the movie were by far the best; the director knew exactly how to make the tear jerking moments a tidal wave of emotions for the audience. Both Sturgess and Butler invested themselves into their characters, which made the movie easy to watch. Geostorm portrayed the end of the world and made the audience feel a connection to the movie. These intense aspects made the movie memorable.

Overall, this movie ended predictably; predictions of the villains were easily made and proved right throughout the movie. The story failed to live up to the action potential the trailer showed, especially for an end of the world movie. When it finally did reach the climax, it felt rushed to fully resolve the issue and to tie the story to a conclusive ending. Ultimately it’s a 7/10 stars in the sky—I suggest waiting for it to come onto television to watch it. The movie had tear jerking moments with the brother’s reunion and near death experiences. It had just enough anxiety towards the end to keep me on my toes, hoping they’d save the world and themselves. The deduction of stars comes from the the seemingly very long beginning of the movie, and predictability of the finale.