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.
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.
With wildfires, earthquakes, and hurricanes wreaking havoc on the Earth, Geostorm’s plotline has a bit of resonance.
On the one hand, the story of the sci-fi action flick has Gerard Butlerplaying an astronaut who must shut down the intricate network of satellites he created to defend against Mother Nature. Independence Day scribe/producer Dean Devlin makes his directing debut with Geostorm.
Amidst all the special effects and action, Butler also appreciated the film’s moments of intimacy, as the brotherly bond between Jake (Butler) and Max (Jim Sturgess) is one of the film’s strongest elements.
“It’s almost a coming of age story for my character,” said Butler. “For a movie of this size, it’s an epic movie and it’s a lot of different things but it’s rare to be able to play a character that has so many facets in such a big movie.”
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Co-starring Abbie Cornish and Eugenio Derbez, Geostorm opens October 20.
The problem with many films today is that they lack any sort of visual aesthetic, and the baroque and arresting flair of Brian De Palma and Ridley Scott are lost on many of today’s directors.
Filmmaker Juan Solanas, a former photographer, whose short The Man Without A Head won the Jury Prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, began his idea for Upside Down with a single image.
“I saw this man on top of a mountain, looking up and seeing a woman on top of another mountain but upside down,” said Solanas in the press notes. “It left a strong impression on me.”
Solanas left a strong impression on Kirsten Dunst, who’s one of the leads for Upside Down. “With Juan, he is such a visionary director and I loved his short film so much so I knew the story would be important but also the visuals would be so magnificent,” said Dunst. “So that’s part of the reason why I signed on to this film.”
For co-star Jim Sturgess, the unexpected story of fated lovers living in different worlds was a narrative that was hard for him to envision, until he and Dunst received a book filled with the project’s images. To hear Sturgess, who starred last year in woefully overlooked film Cloud Atlas, the click on our audio clip below:
Based on David Nicholls’ bestselling novel, One Day focuses on the two decades long friendship of Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess), as viewers experience the pair’s highs and lows on a specific day (July 15th) throughout the years.
Hathaway says the movie, directed by An Education filmmaker Lone Scherfig, is not your average romantic comedy (for readers who hate spoilers, don’t click on this clip!):
“(Emma) is not the sort of person who is interested in changing herself,” says Hathaway. “She’s not somebody who’s going to go out and try on a new identity – she’s trying to refine the one she has. She’s actually quite true to herself even when she’s unhappy about who she is. It was a lot of fun to figure where she winds up and then work backwards from it.”