Preview: Geostorm


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Geostorm is a movie with as much explosiveness behind the scenes as up on the screen. Which is no mean feat, given it includes 14,000 tornados rampaging their way across Mumbai and hailstones the size of trucks raining down on Tokyo.

To explain: Geostorm was the brainchild of uber-producer Dean Devlin (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and some other movies without the word “Day” in the title), who was hired by Warner Bros to make his directing debut. Then Devlin left, to be replaced by Judge Dredd’s Danny Cannon and Jerry Bruckheimer, brought in to oversee extensive reshoots.

Can the resulting apocalyptic weather blockbuster survive the tumult behind the scenes to deliver something coherent? The trailers, which veer wildly from po-faced drama to first-base humour, would suggest not. But, Gerry Butler (a satellite designer on whom mankind’s fate rests) has been in worse scrapes than this. Just about.

The bottom line
Aka The Day After The Day After Tomorrow.

By Mark Dinning
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 109
  • Released: Thu, 19 Oct
  • Language: English
  • Director: Dean Devlin
  • Stars: Abbie Cornish, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Gerard Butler

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