GEMINI MAN FILM REVIEW
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. The film is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ang Lee and produced by renown producers Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger. Also starring are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.
After an illustrious career, long-standing hitman Henry Brogan (Will Smith) has finally decided to call time on his killing days. However, unbeknownst to him, there are people out there with sinister intentions for the aging hitman. One is an elite operative who can move and think just as the aging Henry does: his clone.If he has any chance of starting a new life, Henry must discover why his replica was sent and work out how to his defeat younger, quicker, and fitter doppelganger before it’s too late.
Performance wise Will Smith,is fabulous as this film allows him to show us how much of a star he is, tonally switching between his gruff, older persona and his younger, fiery, more emotional one. Will Smith as the two characters Henry Brogan, the older, wiser former assassin who just wants to spend the rest of his days in a sleepy fishing village, and Junior, the younger clone of himself who spends the movie trying to hunt him down and kill him after their assassin agency turns against him. The whole experience of having two versions of the same actor, an old one and a young one, who both look like they’re really punching and kicking and yelling at each other, really works.Supporting cast are great to, Clive Owen is the perfect ivory tower villain, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an action heroine who can hold her own with the beefiest of them, and Benedict Wong is delightfully funny.
Direction wise Ang Lee.gives us an amazing film that transports us the viewer in the middle of the action. From the opening action scene you see a short scene of a hitman targeting a man on a moving train, which uses the he 3D for all it’s worth.To later when we get the real action set pieces come in, that the movie shines. There’s a rooftop shootout in Colombia, a motorcycle chase down the tightest city streets, an all-out brawl in skull-lined catacombs lit only by the flashlight attached to a gun. Everything you see is so clear and so bright it genuinely feels like you’re right there watching it.
Gemini Man is truly an event film, the technology is a showcase for the story, with no aspect outshining the other. Hold onto your seats and go along for a thrill ride with your favourite action star in an intelligent action thriller like no other.Put everything down and catch this beautifully made science fiction thriller by the master director Ang Lee.