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Gemini Man in 3D+ in HFR
An aging assassin looking to retire is the target of his clone, who is 25 years younger and in his prime.

Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen...  View more >

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Oct 11, 2019
The movie has an interesting premise that it could explore, but the basic foundation is one that we've seen before.

While Will Smith is the star, it's not as much of a star vehicle as it could have been, which is a good thing. Considering he gets to play two roles, he could easily overpower the movie, but he's actually constrained and believable in both roles. His younger self is spooky and disconcerting at times, probably because the technology behind it has been widely publicized.

I enjoyed Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character the most. In years gone by, her character would have been reduced to a damsel in distress that's primarily there for the guys in the audience to pay attention to. There's a cringe-inducing scene that starts to go there, but they reel it back in before going over the edge. Much like Vanessa Kirby's role in Hobbs and Shaw, Winstead's character gets a chance to do some butt-kicking of her own, and keeps from fading into the background.

The ending seems open-ended enough that they could be setting up a franchise a la Bourne (which is what the Featured Critic mentions as well), but I don't think this was a strong enough showing to launch a franchise. I guess the real test will be the box office numbers in the coming weeks.

I saw the "3D+ in HFR" version of the movie, and even though the 3D effects were good, they weren't necessary to the story. This is often the case with most 3D movies, which is why I don't usually choose the 3D version. However, the fact that this was 3D and in HFR (see the Journal article for an explanation) was the reason I made this choice. The HFR component was maybe a little more compelling to the end result, but it wasn't something that jumped out at you and made you want to see every future movie in the format. Maybe this is the future of filmmaking, maybe not. Maybe synthetic performances like Will Smith's younger version will be the norm in the future, maybe not. Maybe this movie will be seen as the turning point, but my guess is that it won't.

Maybe this is the hook, and the next would be the set, but like I said, the box office returns will dictate that more than I think anything else will. If nothing else, this movie proves that Will Smith can still command a presence on the big screen.

If we see more "Gemini" movies, that would be OK, but it's certainly not something I would anxiously await. It just wasn't that special. (I would look more forward to that, however, than I would a Hobbs and Shaw sequel...)

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