Starring: Will Smith, Clive Owen, Douglas Hodge, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Benedict Wong
Director: Ang Lee
Release Date: 10th October 2019
Henry Brogan (Will Smith) is a highly skilled assassin who has finally decided that he wants to retire from the job. After a slightly botched killing on a high speed train, he decides he’s had enough. It’s not long before his home is attacked and an attempt is made on his life.. Henry soon discovers that his final hit might not have been exactly what he was told it was. A guy called Clay Varris (Clive Owen), who runs a top secret organisation code named ‘Gemini’ now decides that Henry knows too much about stuff and sends his top assassin to kill him and get him out of the picture. Henry soon encounters the highly skilled guy who’s been sent after him and a high octane chase begins, with the assailant matching Henry’s skills a little too perfectly. Henry begins to think and notice that all is not what it seems. Who is the assassin and how is it that he possesses so many of his own skills?
You might remember the ‘Gemini Man’ as an American TV series from the 70s and be wondering if this new movie is a re-imagining of it. Nope, not even close. You’d think that with a name like that, it would be set in the distant future or something but no. Instead what we have is a present day story about a man who’s literally fighting a younger version of himself for survival.
As a film it’s a very interesting concept.. what would you do if one day you came face to face with your younger self and they had all your skills? I’d say they maybe wouldn’t have been sent to kill you but you catch my drift..
The CGI and de-ageing used in the movie is quite weird to watch at first but you gradually get used to it. Saying that, the fact you know it’s all CGI’d does make you look even more closely than you would normally. In places it feels slightly unsettling but try not to over think things and just watch what is in effect a well put together chase movie. Many people will probably watch this because Ang Lee is at the directorial helm. A well respected and visionary director, possibly best known for ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and ‘The Life of Pi’, his fight sequences are breathtaking to watch. There’s a particular scene where Henry is attacked by a guy on a motorbike, and it’s stunning. The choreography is unlike most things you will have seen.
The story is a tiny bit predictable but the journey is fun, with lots and twists and turns to keep you entertained. Go see it on a night out with your mates, it’s a real ‘popcorn’ movie.