Horror aficionados sometimes debate whether disaster movies are a legitimate subgenre, to which I reply “Hell yeah!” Sure, there are bubblegum offerings like 2012 and Twister, but films like The Wave, These Final Hours, and Melancholia are absolutely harrowing. What’s more terrifying than watching society crumble under the wrath of a furious and uncaring natural force?
I’ve just seen the trailer for Geostorm—and I love it! Of course, what makes this particular offering so compelling is that a catastrophic weather phenomenon was triggered by meddling mankind (like in The Core), making it an allegory about the dangers of playing God. Add a hefty dose of conspiracy theory tropes, and it looks like a winning combination! Check it out:
Official Synopsis: 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 — along with it.
Geostorm is written and directed by Dean Devlin and stars Gerard Butler, Abbie Cornish, and Ed Harris.
Geostorm marks the feature directorial debut of Independence Day producer-scribe Dean Devlin from a script he wrote with Paul Guyot. The pic is produced by Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg, as well as Devlin. Herbert W. Gains and Electric Entertainment’s Marc Roskin are EPs. Rachel Olschan of Electric Entertainment and Cliff Lanning co-produce.
Look for Geostorm to inundate US Theaters on October 20th.