Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the trailer for Geostorm, a disaster film that, like the Geo Storm compact car, is a hopelessly outdated vehicle you can’t believe anyone would still be seen in. Yet there it is, Gerard Butler at the wheel.
The movie is the big-screen directorial debut of frequent Roland Emmerich writer Dean Devlin. His work with Emmerich includes Independence Day, 1998’s Godzilla, Universal Soldier, and Stargate. He missed out on the likes of 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, though, and Geostorm appears to be his attempt at making up for lost CGI.
Like those latter-day Emmerich disasters, Geostorm sees man once again go up against an almost completely computer-generated Earth itself. It takes place in a near future where a satellite manages the weather by bombarding our atmosphere with little propeller capsules of some sort. Naturally, things abruptly go wrong with this system, and soon enough, man is paying the ultimate price for flying too close to the sunny picnics on a regulated schedule. Exceedingly familiar disaster movie destruction shots ensue, and all mankind can do is dramatically remove his glasses to gaze upon them. Gerard Butler, Katheryn Winnick, Ed Harris, Abbie Cornish, Jim Sturgess, and Andy Garcia star in the parts where people stare at the tsunamis or talk about the tornadoes.
This weather-beaten old Geostorm will sputter up to theaters October 20.