It’s a painful cash grab that holds the kind of legacy that gives blockbusters the bad name they will never be able to shake
It’s an absolute wonder how pictures of this nature are still getting green lit.
Will Smith. Action. Globe-trotting story line. Man In Suit Villain.
Anyone could have told Ang Lee it was going to flop, so one can only wonder what made him take the job.
Henry Brogan (Will Smith) is a world-class sniper on the cusp of retirement. That is until he is chased from his home one night, with masked men attempting to take his life. Beginning the search to find those trying to kill him, Brogan finds an adversary with a style very close to that of his own way of working.
Mix the film with a painfully unnatural piece of product placement, and the piece becomes the complete farce it promised to be, sucking in an audience with an already lost reputation, rather than producing anything of actual quality instead.
The script is barren, leaving the actors incredibly little to do outside of generic action roles, and the story line relies so heavily on its clone aspect, literally nothing ends up happening. Gemini Man is just a bizarre round the world trip with no connectivity between one scene and the next.
The CGI on young Will Smith (bar the final scene) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are the film’s only positive notes, making Gemini Man possibly worse than initial expectations would have predicted. Nothing about the film screams originality or reason; just money and more money. It’s a painful cash grab that holds the kind of legacy that gives blockbusters the bad name they will never be able to shake.
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