I don't really like Jim Sturgess as an actor (at least not in this movie, with the people he acts with/against), some of the special effects don't show promise for the future, and the post-apocalyptic scenario - and effects, and angles feel a bit run down by now, but otherwise... it was a pretty good movie.
Gerard Butler is great, at least. Abbie Cornish and Zazie Beetz too. Ed Harris plays a good but somewhat non-notable villain, and Andy Garcia a mostly equally non-notable president. Except for the highway scene. That was kick-ass.
In the end it feels overly patriotic, overly apocalyptic and overly emotional without actually getting-said emotions across - because they play on the same constricted topics and relations as always, and the characters bond the way they always do. It just feels unfortunately cliche, even if the main idea of a network of satellites to steer the weather - turned into a weapon, is both relevant and full of potential. Not new, but new in a movie... as far as I know. At least new in a Blockbuster like this.
It's far from the best apocalypse movie I've seen, but it's worth a watch if you like the theme, and I hope you embrace the message as well! Let's not mess too much with Mother Earth, because really, we all love her. I hope the rest of the world does too.
As long as we remember, that we share one future, we will survive.
rated 3/5: not bad