When extreme climate change and horrendous storms attacked the Earth leaders of the world got together and came up with a plan to stop all storms. The Dutch Boy program which was built-in space with satellites to protect people.
Jake Lawson was the man behind the Dutch Boy program and we see that everything was working very well with it, Jake’s problem was being told what to do. When his younger brother Max was then put in charge and fires him they don’t see each other for three years. Until something starts to go wrong with Dutch Boy and he must ask him to work out the problems and save the world.
Different events occur which spark huge concerns especially when it is only two weeks from when the US must give control over. That does raise questions to just why that has happened so close to that time and different theories are thought up. This includes someone onboard the space station that is not doing the job they are supposed to be.
We do get some fantastic scenes of different cities around the world as extreme weather begins to hit through Dutch Boy not working properly. This includes freezing in normally very hot places and hot weather when it has been cold, creating devastation for the people involved. Moments like that in this type of disaster film do make it very entertaining to watch.
I think I have a soft spot for this type of film as I always seem to enjoy different parts of them. This one was no different for this film especially with my love for Jim Sturgess, it was great to eventually see him in a big film again. I don’t remember the last time I saw him in a film that was released at the cinema, so hopefully he is having a bit of a comeback in terms of the things he is starring in. He works well with Gerard Butler, and let’s face it by this point as a viewer we know what to expect from Butler. I thought he led this film in a good way.
Don’t get me wrong the events in this film don’t really give you anything new from a disaster film and follow the standard formula. The thing is though that works for this type of film and we have a father daughter space promise as well, something we have seen so many times before but you feel very invested in the characters. This won’t be for everyone but I think it is decent cinema viewing, the screening I was in was very full as well so it seems this type of film can pull in audiences.
It has some twists and turns and with Ed Harris and Andy Garcia in roles it really does have such an impressive cast. Both of those actors are very impressive in whatever roles they star in and gives it an extra edge in all honesty. So overall, this film is a lot better than you may expect!