Gemini Man ★★★

Will Smith gives his best performance in a decade as Henry, a sharpshooter assassin ready to retire and put the ghosts that haunt him to rest, who must suddenly contend with the government he worked for sending a younger version of himself to give him the old AMF. The plot and dialogue are mediocre at best, but elevated by Smith and co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays a kick-ass fellow employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Clive Owen, serving as the villainous dreamer who believes a clone army will save “real” human lives and is willing to see that realized at any cost. The story itself stays fairly surface level and doesn’t go too deep into the ethical, psychological ramifications of cloning, but there are some emotional beats that satisfy just enough to stave off the eye rolls. Visually, director Ang Lee makes GEMINI MAN the first-ever film shot in 120 fps and couples it with Smith doubling as the motion-captured CGI version of his younger self. When the camera is far back this works well enough, but in close ups of younger CGI Smith it can get a little creepy. The action is the star here because who doesn’t want to see one Will Smith hit another Will Smith in the face with a motorcycle? Additionally, the gunplay is choreographed with a John Wick-esque quickness and tactile feel. Unfortunately, the higher frame rate simply doesn’t enhance the film in any meaningful way, and at times even makes the CGI look awkwardly sped up. Still, though it’s not going to be remembered long after you leave the theater, GEMINI MAN is a tightly-paced, easy to follow action thriller that will hold your attention and is a ton of fun to watch.

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