“Gemini Man” is Just OK

The thriller is a see-it-once type of film that had the potential to be amazing, but it missed its chance.


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Will Smith, portraying Junior, foreground, and Henry Brogan in the Ang Lee film "Gemini Man." [Paramount Pictures]

Kaitlin Lyman, Sports Editor

Compared to Will Smith’s other films, “Gemini Man” should not be in his top 10. The overall plot of the story wasn’t anything new or special that can’t be put in the same category as any “Mission Impossible” or “Bourne” movie. 

What mainly held the movie back from being a success was the computer-generated imagery. Not saying that it was completely horrible, it just could have been better. The first set off was in the first 30 minutes of the movie when Smith’s character Henry Brogan and Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character Danny flea to a small deserted island to lay low. Seeing any movie at this time, it can be assumed that using a green screen for a simple background, like an open ocean, would be behind us—unfortunately, it’s not. It was quite shocking to see when one can assume it was a highly funded film but from a viewer’s point, it was fairly obvious that the scene was either not shot outside or it was but with the help of an artificial background for other objects.

As far as the rest of the story, it was just okay. Henry Brogan is a 51-year-old assassin and one of the best the world has ever seen but he’s looking to retire. After his final mission, he is suddenly the target of the antagonist operative group Gemini, who made and raised Brogan’s 23-year-old clone, Junior. The rest of the film is exciting and keeps viewers entertained, but it was predictable. 

Luckily where the CGI mattered most it came through. The facial CGI on Smith’s other character Junior was creepily realistic for the majority of the movie and could be compared to the award-winning film “Avatar.” With that, the best of the visuals came alive during Brogan and Junior’s fight scenes. It wasn’t choppy or highly edited like most of those scenes can be. The face to face conversations had no trace of being fake or with the use of a stunt double.

The entirety of the film was good in the sense of consistent entertainment and highlights of amazing CGI, but the predictable plot and a few special effects errors brought it down. As the film faces a $75 million loss at the box office in the shadows of the blockbuster hit “Joker,” this is far from a win for Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. It’s an A for effort, but with Hollywood royalty like Smith as the lead, expectations were sadly left unmet as the film’s execution fell flat.