Producer Dean Devlin is trying really hard to be Roland Emmerich. Which isn’t the best role model to have, seeing as how Emmerich has been churning out nothing but crap for the better part of this decade (“2012”, “White House Down”, “Independence Day: Resurgence”). Devlin used to be the director’s producing partner on some of his earlier movies, and it seems like the influence has rubbed off big time on Devlin, if his directorial debut is any indication.

“Geostorm” is like a mash-up of Emmerich’s movies, but arriving 10 years too late, and minus any discernible wit or B-movie charm. The first trailer has just dropped, and boy does it look awful. Apparently, the movie was test screened and the results were resoundingly negative, leading to US$15 million in reshoots. The movie was changed significantly, with entire characters removed from the story while new ones were added. Ouch. Not the kind of disaster movie Devlin probably had in mind. And I seriously don’t know why Gerard Butler keeps taking these kinds of roles. It’s just hurting his career.

Here’s the official synopsis: “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.

Dean Devlin (writer/producer, “Independence Day”) makes his feature film directorial debut with suspense thriller “Geostorm,” starring Gerard Butler (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “300”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”), Alexandra Maria Lara (“Rush”), Daniel Wu (“The Man with the Iron Fists,” “Warcraft: The Beginning”), with Oscar nominees Ed Harris (“The Hours,” “Apollo 13”) and Andy Garcia (“The Godfather: Part III”).

Butler stars as Jake, a scientist who, along with his brother, Max, played by Sturgess, is tasked with solving the satellite program’s malfunction. Cornish stars as Secret Service agent Sarah Wilson; Lara as Ute Fassbinder, the ISS astronaut who runs the space station; Wu as Cheng, the Hong Kong-based supervisor for the Dutch Boy Program; with Garcia as U.S. President Andrew Palma; and Harris as Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom. The film also stars Adepero Oduye (“The Big Short,” “12 Years a Slave”), Amr Waked (“Lucy,” “Syriana”), Robert Sheehan (“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” “Season of the Witch”) and Eugenio Derbez (“Instructions Not Included”).”

“Geostorm” premieres 20th October.


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