If you’re just interested in well choreographed and edited action sequences: see it. Also, kudos to convicingly pulling off the Will Smith clone (minus his final scene), something which must’ve been extremely hard to do given that he’s constantly moving around during the action sequences. However, the story of this film feels very paint-by-numbers and uses way too much exposition on top of that. The set-up takes a lot from The Bourne Identity, minus the memory loss. That’s not inherently a bad thing, but this has none of the interesting characterization, pace or grit from a Bourne film on top of that. Stylistically, there’s a glossiness and fakeness to it all. Everything is overlit, it ocassonially looks like characters are standing in front of green screen (which I’m pretty sure they aren’t), and there’s a fluidity to the movement during the action scenes which makes it look like animation. I don’t know how much of that is a result of the special cameras they used, and how much comes from bad CGI/cinematography/lighting, but I do know that not all of the innovation here is also an improvement.
Ps:If you’re someone who loves motion smoothing and oversaturated colours on your tv system—> watch it in HFRIf you have taste —> don’t watch it in HFR.
This felt and looked like a video game thanks to the higher frame rate, a few first person perspective shots, the action set pieces and sometimes bad CGI. The young Will Smith looked alright for the most part but some of the other CGI didn't look great. His performance is fine but Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character is pointless. The story is dull and predictable, the action is ok but at least it looks pretty.
Even with more conversation than action and fewer bullets than words, Gemini Man takes half the film to get to the tag line on the poster.
I'm convinced this is not the same Ang Le who directed The Ice Storm...
It's certainly not the best plot ever. That said, it was a greatly entertaining experience due to the number and quality of the action sequences. They're well edited, and well choreographed. It felt like a great Terminator-style action movie from the '80s/'90s bu shot with more modern technology.
From a technical perspective, the movie is outstanding and shows off the benefits of shooting a movie at a framerate higher than 23.976 fps very well. The 3D was solid too, and certainly a welcome experience (as it is for every movie that gets a 3D release), but the 3D ended up taking a backseat to the real draw of the higher framerate.
120 FPS was a great choice particularly for an action movie like this one and I'm happy to see someone in Hollywood willing to be innovative instead of just doing things for the sake of "that's how it's always been done."
From the opening train sequence to flying scenes or scenes that take place in water, it really gives everything an increased sense of speed that looks more close to how these activities would go down in real life. During the action sequences I felt like I was watching a fight taking place right in front of me instead of watching a fight that was recorded on a camera. There was a certain added level of engagement that I normally only feel when playing a modern video game. I think this high framerate technology is going to be a game changer, especially for action movies, if we can just get some of these old fogeys in Hollywood to start dying off and pass the torch on to younger directors who have grown up consuming higher framerate media.
You're certainly going to have the typical peanut gallery of boomers who grew up watching exclusively 23.976 films who have been brainwashed into thinking that a framerate considerably slower than the human eye can process is somehow more "realistic," but hopefully as we see more high framerate movies it will eventually be an adopted video improvement standard like color, widescreen, higher resolutions, surround sound, and HDR. As those older generations kick the bucket you will see less and less opposition to more realistic higher framerates in movies and eventually the majority of the population will think that slideshow framerate 23.976 movies are the ones that look "weird."
The inevitable 4K Blu-ray release with a framerate of 60 FPS is going to be the way to go for this movie, until we get some future format that can deliver the full 4K 3D 120 FPS. If you can see it in a cinema that can play it at 120 FPS, I highly recommend it, but even 60 FPS should be a considerable improvement over your typical movie's framerate.
What a bad movie. It's a copy-and-paste sci-fi action movie. The 3D HFR experience isn't worth it either. I don't know if it was the cinema, me or the editor of this film. But the 3D was terrible and wasn't complimented by the high frame rate.
The story is trash. I can't believe this got made. The only praise I can give it is that it's underlining message is fine and the CGI on young Will Smith is incredible (except in daylight). But it's one we have seen everywhere and this cloning aspect was a bit fascinating at first. But they handled it awfully. One scene I thought was going to be great, it was set up ok and the tension was built from Will Smith's monologue earlier. Even though the script is terrible. However, this scene was too short and all that holds it together is the script. Again, it's bad, so the scene dangles on a thread when it could have been a lovely character piece. The action is eh, and unintentionally funny at times (that damn motorbike). Maybe I'm being too harsh on the action here because of the horrible configuration of the 3D I was subjected to. But even afterwards, I feel like it was too cutty.
I am baffled at how bad this turned out to be. This is so far, the worst movie of the year I've seen.
Gemini Man is a visually stunning movie. It was shot beautifully in 4k at 120 frames per second. The CG used to create the "fresh prince" Will Smith looks great, in dim to dark lit scenes. The tech used here rivals Marvels' own "de-aging" effects and maybe a bit better in close-up scenarios. For me, that's where the good things end. Bad dialogue, poor pacing, hit or miss CG and a cliche plot (you probably have seen this type plot many times before in the late 90s or early 2000s movies) makes this a not recommend for me. I would wait till it hits Netflix.
the action scenes well, especially the one on the motorcycle, but when the clone speaks badly, the bad sentimental part, the Henry / Danny relationship well
It was ok. Nothing special story-wise, but some nice action scenes. In some movie theaters the movie is running 120FPS. Maybe nice to see it as an experiment on how 120FPS movies will look like, but also ok if you want to watch something and nothing is on TV.
I wish the sci-fi element had been a little stronger. But it was a quite decent action film!
Problem with Chinese funded movies:Everyone knows Ang Lee can't do action movies. His wonders just doesn't work on these materials, it's like asking Clint Eastwood to do a musical. It's just not working.
But the Chinese don't give a damn. They just want someone Chinese to take the helm, even if it means to crash the whole thing into a fat wall.
The plot itself felt quite fresh actually, given it was written 20 years ago it's hard to say who's ripping who off. But I was expecting them to give me an acceptable solution to the dilemma of whether Junior should execute his ill-visioned adopted father, but the final result had me cringing, and as i walked out the theatre I saw a father trying to explain the last act to his son. I pray the kid got it right.
And one thing worth noting though, is the action choreography by martial artist Jeremy Marinas and some other guys. the team surely got a style and i absolutely love it.
The CGI for young Will Smith is incredible, and completely convincing, and there is good action. However, those are about the only positives I'll give it.
The High Frame Rate presentation absolutely ruined the cinematic look of the film, making it have the look and feel of an amateur youtube video. It's not just familiarity with frame rates. I'm very familiar with all frame rates. There are simply qualities inherent to different frame rates that affect the feeling of tone, impact and scale that result in everything feeling low quality, losing any sense of "epic" or "larger than life" that lower frame rates inherently enhance.
Beyond the HFR issue, the story is just weak. It's a barebones cliched story that seems to only exist as a vehicle to show off the CGI effects and action.
I went into this expecting some epic, memorable moment for cinema this year, and I came away very disappointed.
Will Smith's career is in a funk. This movie won't help that.
It's slow, predictable, tries to be clever or take itself more seriously than it should. For an action movie it makes the cardinal sin - it uses CGI in a way that looks unbelievable. Here it falls into 'elasticity'. So chases and fight scenes are now surreal and break the laws of physics way too much.
The script is very wooden and flat.
The technology is excellent to allow this to work but the showcase here is very underwhelming.
6/10 for the tech and some of the action.
The Prince of Bel Air vs Will Smith
The films advertising is all about cloning and there being a CGI young Will Smith. Half of the film though is Henry Brogen (Will Smith), an aging Hitman. Hunted by his former bosses when a colleague gives him dangerous information. His only ally is Danny (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who was hired to spy on him. But becomes a target along with him. The film is mostly like Bourne in the beginning. However, since Clay Verris (Clive Owens) thinks no one can stop Brogen but someone just as skilled. He sends a younger clone after him, of course. The charms of Will Smith and Mary Elizabeth Winstead help make Gemini Man more interesting than it has a right to be. Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as director does also help the film be better than it deserves.