I feel like "intent is clear, but result fell vastly short" is pretty much true of all of the allegorical elements of STID. A lot of the post-9/11 parallels etc. felt contrived and weak because it was all the result of a rogue agency. The "people with good intentions going into evils from trauma" thing is undermined when one of the characters is revealed to be a genocidal madman from the past. Stuff like that. That's just symptomatic of the entire movie, so the CGI disaster porn is well, gratuitous but fit in with the rest of the movie.