Run Time: 1 hour 57 min
Release Date: October 10 2019
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen
An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.
Cast an a-list star, it’ll bring in the punters, double up on him and people will go to see the film. We are quickly seeing the de-aging process used in film after film, some succeed others completely fail. With plenty of footage to work with, you’d hope this would be a success.
Before we dive into that aspect of the film, the storyline is something that needs to be talked about. Gemini Man felt like it lacked direction throughout, it just did not know where it was heading. Saying that the first act did seem like it was going to head somewhere but ultimately this just ended up being another boring action film.
No depth within the script was a big problem for this film, it made the film drag from scene to scene adding to the lack of direction. This script was also the downfall of the characters, it completely disconnects you from these characters. With a cast like this, they could’ve done so much more to create a set of characters that you actually feel for, rather than the boring concoction we are presented with.
Now time to get onto these visuals. First of all, this film was intended to be watched in high frame rate format, there is something about HFR that is off-putting, it is almost too clear. One example is the fight scenes, you can almost see the stuntmen throw these fake punches, also at times they just looked messy and hard to follow.
Take one Will Smith, and add a younger one, but don’t make it look like something out of a video game. This was infuriating, maybe it was because of the amount of screen time this character had, which may have made it more noticeable, but it just did not work. If you’re going to do this, do it right.
Want another lackluster action film, you’ve got it. Gemini Man drags through its near 2 hours run time, lacking direction, characters and topped off with a boring script. Using an HFR did not help this along, and if you’re going to use de-aging, make it look better than a video game.