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Dean Devlin, producer of Godzilla, Independence Day and its sequel, nestles in the director's chair for the first time to wreak meteorological havoc in a big budget disaster thriller co-written by Paul Guyot. In the near future, Earth has been devastated by a series of natural catastrophes, which have resulted in the deaths of millions of people. Governments around the world pool resources to create a state-of-the-art defence system against Mother Nature's fury, controlled by the crew of the International Climate Space Station (ICSS) using satellites that orbit the planet. When the system malfunctions, US President Andrew Palma (Andy Garcia) organises an emergency meeting with Secretary of State Leonard Dekkom (Ed Harris) and the programme's director, Max Lawson (Jim Sturgess). They agree to send Max's brother Jake (Gerard Butler) to the ICSS to rendezvous with the crew comprising Adisa (Adepero Oduye), Duncan (Robert Sheehan), Dussette (Amr Waked), Hernandez (Eugenio Derbez) and Ute (Alexandra Maria Lara). Meanwhile, the glitching defence system unleashes a series of environmental phenomena which threaten to wipe out mankind. While Jake attempts to resolve the malfunctions from space, Max races against time to protect people down on Earth aided by his girlfriend Sarah Wilson (Abbie Cornish), who is a gutsy Secret Service agent assigned to protect President Palma.