‘Gemini Man’: Will Smith battles himself in one-dimensional thriller?

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'Gemini Man': Will Smith battles himself in one-dimensional thriller?
'Gemini Man': Will Smith battles himself in one-dimensional thriller?

Technical wizardry provides the centerpiece of Gemini Man, a movie whose most kinetic moments approximate the first-person videogame while giving Will Smith the opportunity to battle himself.

Those flourishes, however, come at the expense of the story, yielding a movie that emphasizes its experiential and 3 Dimensional qualities but lacks depth on every other front.

The director of the film, director Ang Lee has a varied resume (“Brokeback Mountain,” “The Life of Pi”), but it comprises attempting with the number of frames per second in
his last movie, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

Here, he again shoots at 120 frames per second — compared to the traditional 24 FPS — and in 4K 3D, which does generate enough midst to justify putting on those mirrors over one’s own.

Talking of the concept, “Gemini Man” is basically just another variation on the Jason Bourne formula, casting Smith as Henry Brogan, a government operative/assassin who — after dozens of missions and assignments — decides to hang up his guns.

In addition, Henry inadvertently becomes privy to some information he shouldn’t know, putting him in the crosshairs of his one-time handlers, under the stewardship of the ruthless Clay Ferris (Clive Owen).

His mysterious Gemini endeavor will ultimately be utilized to equalize Henry, who is forced to go on the run with allies played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong.

Ferris boasts that he has “the perfect asset” for the job, which is, of course, a younger version of Henry.

Meanwhile, the procedure has enhanced from, say, “Tron: Legacy” days, there’s still a narrowly diverting aspect to the rendering that makes this prince look not so fresh, but rather

Almost Like the “Bourne” assignment, there’s a fair proportion of globetrotting and a priority on visceral action.

That contains, at its best, a motorcycle chase and fight, which repeatedly puts the audience squarely in the midst of the event.

Talking of the Technical aspects, the 3D imagery is particularly good, implying that’s definitely the way to go for those who opt to see the film.

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