Virtuoso director Ang Lee blows the whistle with his science fiction thriller GEMINI MAN an attack on the senses and presents action in spectacular HDR optics in 120 frames per second. The story can’t quite keep up, but this milestone in cinema technology is still a must-see in the cinema. We reveal more about this in our review.
The visuals of “Gemini Man” are one of the best things to see in the cinema this year.
The plot summary
Henry Brogan (Will Smith) is a skilled marksman and former elite soldier who is always called in when the situation already seems hopeless. But suddenly Henry himself finds himself in the sights of his enemies when one day he finds himself at the center of the persecution by a mysterious young agent. Not only does he always seem several steps ahead of him, but he also fights with similar means as Henry himself. After allying himself with his former colleague Baron (Benedict Wong) and the tough agent Danny (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), the trio follows the trail of the mysterious killer, who turns out to be a younger version of Henry himself. What’s it all about? And what does scientist Clay Verris (Clive Owen) have to do with it, seeing the young agent as a son?
Gemini Man Movie Meaning & ending
Three years ago, Ang Lee’s war drama “The Crazy Heroic Tour of Billy Lynn” was released , which, despite an unprecedented star cast including Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker, was screened almost in camera. The reason for this may have been the indecisive script. Nevertheless, “Billy Lynn” is important for Lee’s future career as a director and may now receive a little more attention retroactively. For the “Life of Pie” director, this film was just something like a test run to take on a new, technical challenge in filmmaking. “Billy Lynn” was shot at a frame rate of 120 frames per second, in 3D and 4K – normal is 24 frames per second, the HFR attempt “The Hobbit” had at least 48 in selected cinemas. However, that is still the case today – Hardly any cinema in the world is able to play a 120fps film, so for “Billy Lynn” they opted for a classic evaluation in 2D and the usual 24fps. Lee’s latest film can now benefit from the fact that many cinemas now meet an even higher technical standard. “Gemini Man”, also shot in 120 frames per second, is released in many cinemas with a frame rate of 60. And this implementation alone offers the viewer a completely new experience of being “in the middle of it, instead of just there”. Rarely have you been closer to chases, explosions and shootouts.
Henry (Will Smith) and Danny (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) try to track down the killing doppelganger.
After James Cameron made the 3D effect socially acceptable again in 2009 with his fantasy adventure “Avatar – Departure for Pandora,” the copycats began to spring up like mushrooms shortly afterwards. These aftereffects of a technological revolution continue to this day. And some of them hurt more than others. In particular, the problems with blurring that occur with converted 3D films make it difficult for many cinema lovers to use glasses. In addition, there are cinemas that do not use the projector to compensate for the slight darkening effect. The increased prices for supplements have also permanently damaged the reputation of three-dimensional film. And Ang Lee could now counteract all of this, because for his “Gemini Man” he presents the 3D optics from their – in the truest sense of the word – most brilliant side. Even in hectic moments, such as rapid camera movements and panning, there is never any blurring. The movements are more fluid than ever, which is particularly evident in scenes in which water plays a role. Incidentally, Ang Lee doesn’t use all of this to constantly send sensational things flying into the viewer’s face. “Gemini Man” doesn’t score points with boring carnival effects, but focuses primarily on depth. The camera’s wealth of detail suddenly means that a single image contains much more information than before. And even when the camera focuses on the characters talking to each other in the foreground, you can still see every single house in the Budapest skyline in the background. This can undoubtedly be strange at first and requires a certain amount of time to get used to it before you can fully immerse yourself in the experience. But then unexpected perspectives suddenly open up to you on the screen – in the truest sense of the word.
Ang Lee delivers another technical milestone with the first human character created entirely on the computer, which plays a leading role in a live-action film. In “Gemini Man,” the now 51-year-old Will Smith, alias Henry, has to take on his younger self – and Smith didn’t embody him as well (even though the actor is listed as having a double role in the film’s credits because he is responsible for his 20 years younger replica served as a direct template and of course also took over the voice acting), but is a completely digitally created replica. Now one would assume that with such high-resolution optics, even the smallest deviation from the CGI optimum immediately has a negative impact. And so here too, a never-before-imagined perfection is apparent, with which the young Will Smith cannot for a second be imagined as a computer character. One scene in particular in the first half of “Gemini Man” leaves you amazed at the technical brilliance of the tricks, when you not only feel as if you (instead of Will Smith) are driving the motorcycle on which he is chasing after his clone, but also In addition, he is also confronted with a real human being as an adversary. In the end, Ang Lee leaves no doubt that with “Gemini Man” he has perfected what he began experimenting with many years ago – from a technical point of view, this film is the best that can currently be seen in cinemas.
But as is the case with many films that set technical standards, the story, which is no less important, tends to fall behind. And Ang Lee cannot completely free himself from this (although not too harsh) accusation. The script was written by David Benioff (“Troy”)Billy Ray (“Operation: Overlord”) and Darren Lemke (“Shazam!”) presents a standard sci-fi thriller plot in which the protagonist has to fight and defend himself against his clone, while also trying to find out why he was reproduced without asking. The primary topic dealt with is the limits of science, which can be broken down into a rather simple “Does the end justify the means?” question, and does not necessarily provide the genre with new impulses. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the film offers truly entertaining entertainment even without all the technical bells and whistles thanks to the high pace, the impressive performance of Will Smith, who acts between broken and rebellious, and, last but not least, the spectacular filming locations. Nevertheless, the characters remain limited to their narrative purpose and one or two plot surprises reveal themselves a little too early. In the end, “Gemini Man” works primarily as an overall concept and in this form it is one, if not complete the Must-see of the cinema year 2019 – when was the last time you could say you’ve never seen something?
Conclusion: The story of “Gemini Man” is limited to tried and tested themes in the science fiction genre. But if you look at the action blockbuster with a double Will Smith in the lead role as a whole, then you wish that Ang Lee would rekindle enthusiasm for cinema with this technically successful experiment in every respect, like James Cameron once did with “Avatar”.
“Gemini Man” can be seen in USA cinemas nationwide from October 3rd – in many cinemas in 60fps, 4K and 3D.