hmv.com talks to Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess about their latest film Geostorm
Ask any scientist to name the biggest threats to life on Earth and the chances are that their responses will include some reference to climate change. As one of the biggest issues facing the planet in the modern era, potential solutions to the problem have become increasingly radical and some of the more far-out ideas to emerge in recent years revolve around geoengineering, and it's these ideas that form the basis of a new film from director Dean Devlin.
Set in the near future, Geostorm stars Gerard Butler as Jake Lawson, the scientist behind a global network of satellites whose aim is to avoid natural disasters and other climate-related problems by literally controlling the weather - and for a while, it works. But Lawson soon finds himself reprimanded and replaced as head of the project by his brother Max (Jim Sturgess) when Jake activates the system without proper authority to neutralise a hurricane heading for Shanghai.
However, one of the satellites subsequently malfunctions, causing an entire Afghan village to be flash-frozen in an extreme storm, and Jake is drafted in to investigate. It soon emerges that the problem was no malfunction but the result of sabotage, so Lawson sets out to regain control of the system and discover who is behind the attempt to hijack the world's weather systems.
With the Geostorm out on DVD on Monday (February 19th), we caught up with Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess to talk about the new film and the ideas behind its concept.
Watch our interview below...