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Gemini Man

Published March 14, 2020

Gemini Man

Film info

  • Title Gemini Man
  • Director Ang Lee
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 57m
  • Genres Action, Thriller
  • Tagline Who will save you from yourself?

Will Smith stars in the nonstop action thrill-ride from Academy Award-winning director And Lee. Retired hitman Henry Brogan (Smith) is forced on the run and finds himself hunted by his ultimate adversary - a younger clone of himself. Packed with epic fight scenes and groundbreaking visual effects, Gemini Man is the future of action movies.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:04Mmmm, European trains.
5:19I’ll take the house with the perimeter alarm app, thank you.
7:36You never get out of the game that easily.
12:05“He’ll be contained.” Mmm, no he won’t.
19:53His house has a bunker too! I’m moving in.
24:01“Scared is good. Means you’re alert.”
27:41Love how a nickname catches on and spreads. Toast.
36:37This is gonna get so weird.
39:33Loving the parkour in this.
41:20He went full Kelvin! Flying pushups for the win!
45:41So far, Belgium, Colombia and Hungary. What’s the betting Paris shows up sometime soon?
48:06It’s a little bit video game, particularly around the mouth, but crazy good.
49:46TESLA!
52:17“If they can clone a person, you’d think they’d clone doctors or scientists. Not me. They could have cloned Nelson Mandela.”
53:32“My government lied to me and then tried to kill me, if that’s what you mean.” “Yes, in Russia, we call that Tuesday.”
55:26It’s never nice to call someone sub-optimal.
1:05:20They’re going proper bunkerific in the catacombs.
1:09:00She’s so smart, talking wins the day!
1:14:58This place has Tomb Raider written all over it.
1:22:18You can’t just leave the plane on the runway.
1:29:45What the bloody hell gun is that? I ain’t facing that end of level boss for nobody.
1:37:38It’s like Benjamin Button but with clones.
1:41:35Sorry to break up the heart to heart lads, but can we just remember that the woman’s leg is bleeding to death.
1:45:55“If I were you, which I sorta am…”

Thoughts

Okay, so let’s kick things off with the positive: we were looking for some mindless action and this delivered - it was entertaining in the moment, not too much of a thinking film, with some great visuals along the way.

However, it really doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny. Firstly, of course, the big deal is that they de-aged Will Smith to make a younger clone version of himself. It’s incredible what they can do, it really is impressive, but still not quite good enough. I did find it very distracting.

Then, the story has some real flaws in it. If they wanted to keep the secret, why send the clone after the original? How is it possible for the youngest clone to jump onto a roof from the floor without actually being Spider-Man? Why were the shops in the training village stocked full of stuff? How can you just leave a plane on a runway like that?

Winstead was the best thing in this, by far. She was kick-ass but not in a ‘trying-too-hard’ way that Hollywood has done in the past. It was in a casual, I can take care of myself, way that was brilliant.

Wouldn’t particularly recommend this one, but it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve seen.

Rating: 2 / 5

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