Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review: Gemini Man

Release date: October 11, 2019
Running time: 117 minutes
Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Will Smith, Clive Owen

Gemini Man takes us into the life of Henry Brogan (Will Smith), an ex-Special Forces sniper now Defense Intelligence Agency elite assassin.  Henry is tasked with one final job for the agency before he retires, although he soon finds out that this job is far from ordinary.  Hoping to finally find peace, he realizes not only is he being surveilled by Danny Zakarewski (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a current DIA agent, but is also being targeted by an assassin that he knows all too well and moves and thinks just like him.  This global chase takes them all over the world, from inlets of Georgia to the beautiful streets of Cartagena and Budapest.

Gemini Man is an action movie first and foremost, and thankfully the action lives up this billing.  Will Smith is a super soldier through and through, and the fight sequences between Will Smith times two are fun to watch.  The scenic shots are breathtaking and the use of CG in the film is really fun to see.  And the sound in the film makes those action scenes that much more enjoyable.  From the Smith vs Smith combat, to the action packed chase sequence, to the ultimate conclusion, the action will keep you well entertained and may even bring you to the edge of your seat.

However, aside from the action there isn’t much else memorable about Gemini Man.  Will Smith gives a performance you have come to expect from him; whether or not you like that will be up to the individual viewer.  If you are a big Will Smith fan has there is a ton of vintage Will Smith moments and dialogue.  The plot is fairly predictable bad unfortunately most of the big reveals already happened in the trailers.  The remaining mysteries simply fall flat.  And even the attempts at comedy don’t elicit the type of laughs that I imagine the writers were going for.  Thankfully the action will keep your entertained,  but anything outside of that loses your attention fast.  

Gemini Man is a beautiful action movie with some amazing CG, but unfortunately the rest of the film fails to entertain after the explosions have cooled.  You can save you from yourself by just waiting to rent this one.

Rent it
Will Smith in Gemini Man (2019)

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