Will Smith did the best with what he could — But ‘Gemini Man’ floundered

Vincent Schilling

#NativeNerd movie review on ‘Gemini Man’ a less-than-memorable film that struggled to impress me — other than with its choreographed fighting

Yikes, Gemini Man was awful.

I struggle to say this because I really like Will Smith in just about every movie he has ever done. But this film failed to impress me. And I really did want to enjoy this film. But I’ll chalk it up as a loss.

Ang Lee put together some incredibly impressive choreographed fighting scenes between Will Smith and his co-star, the digitally created more-youthful version of himself.

The concept was a cool one, Will Smith plays Henry Brogan, a government-for-hire assassin that comes to terms with his own conscience and decides to retire. But the government doesn’t want to let go and hires a younger, cloned version of Brogan to take him out.

Will Smith plays Brogan and his younger digitally-created self, Junior.

The same digital enhancement made to Junior took place in Captain Marvel with Samuel Jackson’s character Nick Fury and was not bad, but Gemini Man’s version was off-putting. I really noticed and admittedly couldn’t stand looking at it without laughing.

This movie continued to slowly chug along for nearly half the movie before any action even took place, and the actors went into long narratives on how everything took place in governmental covert ways … and it was confusing, and tiresome.

Gemini Man Poster
Gemini Man poster - Paramount Pictures

There were a lot of opportunities to show the back histories to characters, but the director seemed content in explaining everything instead of investing in the real story. I think this was a bad choice.

The movie overall seemed to be a stereotype of an action film with a repeat of overused methodologies and storylines.

The only saving grace was truly impressive choreographed fighting involved in the cat and mouse chases between Brogan and Junior. There were things done I have never seen before. I wish the entire movie had held this energetic pace.

Will Smith did the absolute best that he could and I could see him reaching for those more intense moments. He did well, without support for what he was doing.

I didn’t care about the welfare of any of the characters, nor did I care for the government agents who tried to be intense. Nor did I care if any of the characters got taken out in the line of duty.

I laughed openly at the moments that struggled in vain to be serious and after all was said and done, I wouldn’t have minded walking out.

The movie was so awful at certain times, it was hilarious.

But as I said, big props to Will Smith for doing the best he could with what he had to work with. I still love him as an actor. But Gemini Man was a bust.

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