After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it. –Warnerbros.com
I have to admit, I absolutely love disaster movies, even the bad ones. So when I first saw the trailer for Geostorm, I was in. I hoped it would have been as good as something like The Day After Tomorrow, or hell, even 2012, but it never quite reached that level. The basic rundown is that there’s a weather control satellite station built in space, to help combat extreme weather caused by climate change. But when it starts malfunctioning, is it in need of repair, or is something more sinister going on? Well, it turns out to be the latter, and the mishaps — now learned to have been deliberate attacks — continue to happen, and escalate.
One of my main gripes about Geostorm is that the focus is not so much on the disaster side of things, as they are about a whodunit in space. The carnage scenes are fewer and further between, but we get lots of drama and conspiracy in its place. Usually in these types of movies, it’s the disaster that demands the focus of the viewer. And don’t get me wrong, there are disaster scenes, but there could have been more focus on those scenes, and less drama. Maybe I demand too much from my disaster flicks, but I felt a little cheated, if I’m being completely honest.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the movie, but I felt it could have been so much better. I know a lot of people hate the movie 2012, but as far as showcasing the disaster goes, that movie has much more to offer. I could revisit things like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact, and hell, even Armageddon, but I think the one viewing will be enough for me, as far as Geostorm goes. It has a solid cast, with competent performances, even from minor characters, but it never quite picked up enough to keep my attention. I’ll watch any disaster movie ones, but unfortunately, Geostorm doesn’t have much replay value.
Warner Bros. Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo is excellent, despite not having much in regards to bonus content. The film was shot on digital, so the picture quality is very clean and clear. It features a 1080p AVC-encoded transfer in 2.40:1. It also features several different audio tracks in various language. As far as English tracks go, there are two; one DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, and Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Other language tracks include French, Spanish and Portuguese, all Dolby Digital 5.1. As far as extras go, there are few, including a visual effects featurette, a “documentary” about climate change’s inspiration to Geostorm, and an interview with various cast members. That’s about it. A full listing of extras can be seen below. Geostorm is available now from Warner Bros, on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack, 4K UHD, 3D Blu ray, and digital. You can purchase a copy of your own at pretty much any retail outlet, online shops, etc. For the purpose of promoting this release, I’d like to direct you to WBSHOP for your purchase. Full disclosure: A Blu-ray/DVD/Digital copy of Geostorm was provided to me by Warner Bros for review. My thoughts, as you can tell by the honest review, are entirely my own.
· “Wreaking Havoc: Cutting edge visual effects, research and technology create the world of Geostorm.
· Search for Answers: Inspired by his daughter’s question of why can’t global warming be stopped, Director Dean Devlin retraces the creative journey that led to Geostorm.
· An International Event: A global cast opens up about the secrets behind Geostorm.