D for Devlin, D for Disasters


The name Dean Devlin might not mean much to some, but it does for those who have been following Hollywood flicks since the 90s.

The writer-turned-director has been around for over 25 years, delivering ‘disasters’ at the box office that have done well financially.

His latest flick Geostorm has had a great start worldwide compensating for his late arrival to the director’s chair.

Let’s look at some of the movies Dean Devlin has written that have been close to our hearts and minds, as they entertained by preparing us for the worst!

1) The Latest – Geostorm (2017)

Geostorm is a mixture of all kinds of disaster flicks if you ask me. A worldwide disaster that threatens the existence of the planet; a presidential assassination plot and the relationship status between two brothers is also in the process to end up in a disaster if Geostorm isn’t stopped.

With the elder brother looking after the satellite in space and the younger one managing the affairs on Earth, you get a perfect action thriller that banks on devastation and survival. Dean Devlin uses his experience as a TV director in his film debut as a director and keeps the audience engaged until the final moments of the film.

2) How it all began – Universal Soldier (1992)

Actor Dean Devlin turned writer with this Roland Emmerich flick where Jean Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren played dead soldiers brought to life through an experiment. The film became one of the biggest hits of the 90s and the characters were revisited in multiple sequels and direct to video releases.

The film was not just a disaster flick but also a Sci-Fi one which further elevated the status of Van Damme as the action star of the 90s.

3) The Biggest Sci-Fi franchise – Stargate (1994)

There are other worlds in our universe where people like us or not like us reside; that’s what this Kurt Russell and James Spader flick told us when it came out in the mid-90s. The film was developed into a TV series where Richard Dean Anderson and Michael Shanks reprised the lead roles and took the audience on an out-of-this-world journey.

Dean Devlin’s writing prowess was at his best in the movie that also starred Tom Hiddleston as the antagonist with superpowers, long before he played Loki.

4) The Most Patriotic – Independence Day (1996)

‘One planet, One Independence Day’ was the slogan that made this Sci-Fi flick one of the best ever – Will Smith became one of the world’s most bankable actors through this film which also featured Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch and Bill Pullman as perhaps the best on-screen President, ever.

The script was the key to the film’s success especially the speech that Bill Pullman delivers before taking on the aliens. The graphics might look dated to the current generation but 21 years back when the movie came out, it was considered as next-generation technology!

5) The Deadliest – Godzilla (1998)

Critics hated this version of Godzilla but the audience loved it since it presented a humanized version of the creature that loved to thrash everything solid.

Dean Devlin didn’t go for a dark version and provided an action comedy adventure that had great special effects and an open ending that was left there deliberately for a film that never materialized.

6) The Worst – Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

For the first time in 16 years, director Roland Emmerich and writer Dean Devlin joined hands to come up with the sequel of their most patriotic flick, however, bad choices made the film go down without a trace.

You can’t have an Independence Day flick without Will Smith and the duo failed to realize the importance of the character they created 20 years earlier. Jeff Goldblum was there along with Bill Pullman but the ‘pull’ power was nowhere.