Gemini Man Review
What’s It About?
A hitman plans to get out of the game, but after his final job goes pear shaped, he put on a hit list by his former employers, who will stop at nothing to rub him out, including creating a clone to kill him.
Who’s In It?
Will Smith (The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, Men In Black I-III, Ali, & more recently Aladdin)
Young Will Smith (see above!)
Other notables include:
Clive Owen (Closer, Children Of Men, & more recently Anon)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Live Free Or Die Hard, Scott Pilgim, & more recently 10 Cloverfield Lane)
Benedict Wong (Sunshine, Annihilation, Doctor Strange & Avengers: Infinity War & Endgame)
Director: Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, & Life Of Pi)
Will Smith has always been a big box office draw with a string of hits in the nineties and noughties starting off with Fresh Prince, followed by MIB, Independence Day, Enemy Of The State, Bad Boys to name a few.
He even managed to come through relatively unscathed from Hitch and Wild Wild West, but in truth his star has begun to wane a little in recent years.
Yet, despite always being captivating on screen, the films have diminished somewhat in recent times with After Earth, Suicide Squad, Collateral Beauty, Winter’s Tale, and Focus all underwhelming. Well, unfortunately the prospect of double big Willie action ultimately fails to get the pulse racing.
Despite impressive CGI de-ageing technology, there is little else to recommend his latest project – Gemini Man. Incredibly, this film is directed by Ang Lee, who oversees a cliché-ridden script which sees jaded government hitman Henry Brogan (Smith) walk away after one final job. The job in question goes south, and so Brogan is forced to go on the lam after his former employers decide to cut off this loose end. Seeking help from old pal Baron (Wong), and recent acquaintance and pretty useless undercover operative Danny (Winstead), the trio end up being pursued by rent-a-villain Clay Ferris (Clive Owen), and his army of clones including a young version of Brogan.
Supposedly engineered to be as amazing as the real thing, but without the emotional vulnerabilities, it appears that Brogan Junior has all the same emotional defects, and even had to be raised from a child by Varris – not even borne from a test tube.
Cue plenty of running, jumping, fighting, and ludicrous stunt set pieces all shot in the off-putting Higher Frame Rate (think The Hobbit), which does nothing but detract from the film – though this may have been a blessing. Wong manages a few flippant lines as the quirkly pal, Owen phones it in as the villain, while Winstead is somewhat emotionally detached.
Smith tries his best to do the job as both young and old in this uber serious movie, despite some woeful dialogue, but the double Willie showdown proves to be something of an anti-climax.
In A Nutshell:
Despite double big Willie action, the weak plot & terrible dialogue mean the signs aren’t good for Gemini Man.
Will Smith is almost always watchable
The de-ageing technology is impressive
Everything else – the plot, the dialogue and most of the performances
The Higher Frame Rate is really off-putting
Certificate: 12 / 12A