I love the cinema, and the popcorn and the strategic seat selection. When the lights dim and the choc tops come out, the atmosphere balances.
Today I saw Geostorm, with no preconceived ideas or opinions which is always a good way to enter a film. The heavy environmental undertone presented itself quickly, which I’m always happy to stand behind. However, there were some key errors in this film which made it ultimately dissatisfying.
The critical lack of characterisation was probably Geostorm’s greatest pitfall. Every character was cut from the same piece of soggy cardboard, and any lick of paint to bring them some personality could have saved the story. Every character death that occurred felt like no loss at all, and every double cross from a previously trusted colleague or friend was, again, entirely underwhelming. This is ultimately because I felt, as a viewer, no emotional response or connection to the underdeveloped characters with no back story or personality.
This unfortunate aspect of the film led to a lack of suspense. With the impending apocalypse drawing nearer, I felt a severe disconnect. No suspense gripped me, and I found that in such a poorly constructed climactic moment, the end of the world would have been a stronger end to the story.
The cliche one liners, paired with the throwaway gags which served only to interrupt any hope of suspense, really detract from a serious idea. Geostorm was trying to be too many things, at the expense of it being any one thing well.
Every conflict or problem encountered was overcome by luck, rather than any hard work or strategy, which was disappointing. Plot holes were sewn up through speech, which is lazy writing, and ‘take him away boys’ is never a good line for serious dialogue.
Also, spoilers ahead: the entire end of the world was evaded by switching it off and back on again, with the self destruct clock at 00:02. To top it off, the protagonist escapes the inescapable situation and keeps his promise to survive. Again, a tragedy might have served the plot better.
If you can overlook the bland characters, cliche humour and cheap dialogue, Geostorm was a fun film. It was an easy viewing experience disguised as something dense, and it’s an interesting and creative glance into our potential environmentally poor future.