• by Wes Singleton

Geostorm, D

Rated PG-13, 109 minutes

The laughably dumb and energetic disaster movie "Geostorm" is mostly just a disaster. It's essentially "Armageddon" meets "The Day After Tomorrow." While wreaking havoc on the planet seems entertaining for some, it makes for a terrible movie.

When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it's a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone. One of the satellites designers (Gerard Butler) is called in to help, but realizes there may be a deadly conspiracy to overtake the planet.

The epic disaster film "Geostorm" is an epic disaster alright, and it shouldn't be confused with that epic disaster of automobile, the Geo. It's directed by "Independence Day" producer Dean Devlin in his feature directorial debut, and is co-written by Devlin and Paul Guyot, both of whom must have watched "Deep Impact" and "The Poseidon Adventure" a little too much in writing the silly, silly story in which people run through city streets, closely averting meteor storms or planes dropping from the sky.

It's truly unfortunate that it's headlined by Butler, who after starring in such dreadful films as "Olympus Has Fallen" and "Gods of Egypt" should know better, even when you have to survive as a working actor. Included in the cast of this awful vehicle is Jim Sturgess ("Cloud Atlas") and Abbie Cornish ("Sucker Punch"), Andy Garcia, Ed Harris, Richard Schiff and Eugenio Derbez, who have trouble making sense of the silly plot lines and dialogue.

Even those other aforementioned disaster films, "Deep Impact," "Armageddon," "The Poseidon Adventure" and even "The Day After Tomorrow" had some entertaining moments, but this one struggles with incoherency, bad editing and dialogue that seem too piecemeal around the disaster scenes, which are energetic but cheap given how badly they're executed.

"Geostorm" will appeal to Butler's fan base those, or those who enjoy seeing a big-budgeted disaster film, but it will still go down in flames. You'll find that a drive in an old Geo, if you can find one, is more satisfying than this dreck.

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