A series of satellites around the Earth were built to control the world’s weather and climate, and to prevent destruction from events such as flooding and drought. When the satellites start going wrong, its down to one man to uncover the real threat, and stop a global Geostorm destroying everything and everyone.
Cue the stubborn engineer and designer of the satellites Jake Lawson (Gerard Butler), who is forced to work alongside his estranged brother Max (Jim Sturgess) in order to find out what is wrong with the satellites. Whilst Jake works on the International Space Station, Max works with top officials on Earth. Together, the pair uncover a more sinister plot than just a few rogue satellites.
Visually, Geostorm is stunning. The parts set in space actually look like they are on the Space Station, thanks to being filmed within training modules of the ISS at NASA. With advice from trained astronauts and real life satellite engineers, the film is very accurate.
The weather phenomena is also visually amazing. With storms being supersized, hailstones the size of boulders, and lightning striking multiple times a second – the intensity of these storms make them feel very realistic.
But is a Geostorm actually realistic? It is highly unlikely at present, but there are tests in geoengineering (manipulation of environmental processes). Despite of this, a Harvard professor of Applied Physics has said this is developing extremely slowly.