Entertainment Hive 2019

Gemini Man

Review by Honey B

Director:  Ang Lee Cast: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Ralph Brown, Douglas Hodge Plot: Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move. Verdict: Director Ang Lee has aimed for the moon and fallen on two stars with his latest boundary pushing action movie starring Will Smith and Will Smith. Lee has created some truly immersive imagery with this flick being filmed in a 3-D format at an increased frame rate creating crystal clear viewing. Gemini Man was filmed at 120 frames a second, rather than the usual 24. Adding to the technological advances are the scenes where Will Smith fights a much younger Will Smith in some mind-bending scenes. To bring the Smith vs Smith battle to life, Lee has used motion-capture and de-aging technologies which are extremely good – it’s the emotion in the eyes that let this technology down a bit. The action-packed flick opens with Smith’s operative agent, Henry Brogan, wrapping up an assignment, which involves killing his target at long range as the man rides a high- speed train which takes his kill shots to over 70. It’s a superb opening which is beautifully shot. From here the story hits predictable and stays there with little to no surprises along the way. Brogan has decided to retire, and the government doesn’t like loose ends, so it’s no surprise they decide to kill him. The skilled agent isn’t easy to snuff out and so they turn to Clay Varris (Clive Owen) and his black ops unit GEMINI to send a stronger, faster, and younger clone of Henry after him. Luckily Brogan has a couple of friends in his corner, agent Danny Zakarweski played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who has accidentally become caught up in the action and Brogan’s former colleague, Baron played by Benedict Wong. However, what the plot lacks the action more than compensates for with heart-pounding action scene after heart-pounding action scene. The combative “bike kung-fu’’ as described by Lee was jaw-dropping and insanely well- choreographed. The film’s likeable cast is also a bonus with Smith a delight to watch as he gets twice his action on and Winstead and Wong add some good depth and humour. It’s a visually thrilling film with action aplenty, however more work on the plot needed to be done. (Movies are rated out of 5 stars)
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