Release Date: October 11th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG-13 (for violence and action throughout, and brief strong language)
Runtime: 1 hr 57 min
Directed By: Ang Lee
Written By: David Benioff, Billy Ray, Darren Lemke
Starring: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Ralph Brown, and Douglas Hodge
Gemini Man focuses around a seasoned assassin for the Defense Intelligence Agency, who has decided it’s about time to retire from the game. His latest mission which involves him eliminating 72 targets, has pushed him to reconsider his career, and contemplate retiring off of the coast of Georgia where he can spend the rest of his days fishing. His moral conscience has caught up to him, and led to this decision.
Unfortunately, Henry Brogan (Will Smith) has been in the system too long, and according to his former boss, Clay Varris (Clive Owen), he knows too much to just be let go. For this reason, Henry has a target placed upon him, and he needs to be eliminated.
Varris has been working on a top-secret program that creates genetically engineered assassins. One of those assassins is named Junior (Will Smith), a younger version of Henry. Junior is a clone of Henry, and for this reason, he has all the skills and abilities that his human counterpart has. This makes him an important weapon.
The rest of the movie has Junior tracking down Henry. Joining Henry are a fellow DIA officer Danny Zakarweski (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who’s job is to keep an eye on him, and his good friend, Baron (Benedict Wong). Eventually, there is a shift in loyalties as the fight scenes escalate until there is a climatic ending on Henry’s home turf.
Will Smith is one of the highest profile actors in Hollywood, and for good reason. He knows how to act and take command of the screen. With this in mind, one would think that having two Will Smiths in one movie would be nothing less than spectacular. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
I like the concept of an aged assassin who’s moral compass has changed, going head to head with his evil, and younger counterpart. The idea is one that should be a winner. Maybe it was the lackluster storyline that hurt this movie. Much of what we are given in Gemini Man is predictable, and this hurts the movie.
Even so, Will Smith alone has the ability to at least make movie goers want to come and watch Gemini Man. I know it did for me. Watching Smith’s CGI younger self, brought me back to his Fresh Prince days, and that was a good feeling. For this reason alone, Smith fans will likely enjoy this movie. If you’re not a Will Smith fan, than Gemini Man, may be a movie you would want to pass on.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars