Director/writer Dean Devlin, best known for his Independence Day and Stargate screenplays, is behind the camera with the underrated disaster epic Geostorm. Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, the picture had a worldwide gross of $220 million, but it should have received much more attention stateside (it reached just $33 million in receipts).
For one, Gerard Butler is an engaging protagonist as Jake Lawson, the creator of the network of satellites that has kept Earth from succumbing to natural disasters and the destructive effects of climate change. Lawson’s understandable aversion to authority leads to his eventual unemployment, but he’s needed three years later when a “geostorm” threatens the planet.
Jim Sturgess is Jake’s brother Max, a career driven climber in politics who’s tasked by his superior (Ed Harris) to enlist Jake for the latest mission, with Abbie Cornish starring as Max’s girlfriend (and agent) Sarah. Andy Garcia rounds out the A-list cast as the President, a man who, upon seeking reelection, may be a conspirator behind the latest satellite debacle.
Click on the media bar below to hear Butler talk about working with Geostorm co-star Jim Sturgess:
The Blu-ray comes with the featurettes “Wreaking Havoc,” “Search for Answers,” and “An International Event.” In the “Search for Answers” segment, Devlin added that he rifles through his first draft of a screenplay in a quick manner to give even more time for the succeeding drafts and edits. He also adds that Geostorm’s idea came from his own daughter, who asked him why there wasn’t a big machine to actually combat climate change.
Though 50 Cent became famous as a rapper, he’s been a prolific actor as well, appearing in dozens of movies and TV shows since his debut in 2005’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’. His latest is the action flick Den of Thieves, and he told us he really loved working with his co-star, Gerard Butler.
Den of Thieves is now playing in theaters nationwide.
Geostorm, an epic film directed by Independence Day scribe Dean Devlin, hits Blu-ray and DVD January 23 via Warner Bros. Home Entertaiment.
The feature centers on a scientist named Jake (Gerard Butler) who is racing against time to discover why a network of satellites which are controlling the global climate is now wreaking havoc on earth. Jim Sturgess co-stars as Jake’s brother who helps him on his dangerous quest, with Abbie Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) co-starring as a Secret Service agent.
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Geostorm Blu-ray special features include featurettes centering on the film’s visual effects (“Wreaking Havoc”), Dean Devlin’s creative journey with Geostorm (“Search for Answers”), and cast interviews (“An International Event). The DVD version comes with the “Search for Answers” featurette.
Although it will be hard to top director Michael Mann’s heist thriller Heat, that doesn’t mean the genre shouldn’t rest its head on just one movie. Gerard Butlerand 50 Cent are on opposite sides of the law in Den of Thieves, an action thriller about a group of bank robbers (including 50 Cent and O’Shea Jackson Jr.) who are planning to take down the Federal Reserve! Obviously these criminals are looking for a big score to set them for life, and attempting to stop them in their tracks is an elite unite of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (led by Butler).
The picture is the directing debut of Christian Gudegast, and like Heat this film mainly takes place in Downtown Los Angeles. Shootouts, car chases, and explosions should be part of this cinematic cocktail, and kudos to the trailer for effectively employing Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d City” to whet our appetites. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
With his new movie, the disaster flick Geostorm, Gerard Butler is back in action hero mode. But that’s just one of many genres he’s conquered in Hollywood. He’s starred in romantic comedies, animated films, and even musicals! Having worked across so many genres, he’s been able to attract an incredibly diverse fan base. Since Butler’s perhaps best known for his starring roles in the Broadway adaptation The Phantom of the Opera and the historical action-drama 300, we asked him which one brought him a bigger following. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gerard Butler)