My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Gemini Man (2019)

ANG LEE

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBUSA/, 2019, , , Story by , , Screenplay by David Benioff, , Darren Lemke.  Cinematography by Produced by , , , Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by ,

Will Smith turns in a terrific performance as a top-flight hit man whose skills are called upon for the toughest and most dangerous assignments. He decides to get out of the game and retire to a small fishing village, which we all know means he’s going to be pulled back in soon and it’s not going to be pretty; when bad guys show up at his house and start raining bullets down on him, he and a fellow agent go on a trip around the world to discover who is behind the attempt to rub him out and why they are doing it.  Smith learns that the man who is trying to kill him is a younger version of himself, a clone who was created by a shady agent looking to create an elite hired killer just like the original, which means that protecting himself will involve investigating something far darker and more personal than he originally expected. Impressive visual effects allow for anti-aging technology on Smith that looks better than anything of the kind that has been done yet, and there are a number of chase sequences that are truly exciting and inspired (for which the superb visual effects also supply a great deal of energy). Having someone as prestigious as Ang Lee working behind the camera turns out to be more of a detriment than an advantage, however, as he tries to find the emotional resonance hidden in an average action movie and it’s nowhere to be found: his skills as a storyteller make for a smooth viewing experience, the film has no scenes that don’t belong, but it would be a lot easier to take how shallow it is if it were aware of it.  turns in great work in a role that requires little more of her than to be “the girl”, while is outstanding as Smith’s superior.

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