Two Wills Doesn’t Make Gemini Man Twice as Good
In Gemini Man, Will Smith basically stars as Suicide Squad’s Deadshot: he’s the world’s best shot with a smart ass mouth. What else is new? Stir in a few forgettable actors and storm trooper-like “spies” and you’ve got a watery plot designed to quickly lead us to the point: Will’s epic battle with himself. Well, not exactly himself, but a version of Will Smith’s baby-faced Paul from 1993’s 6 Degrees of Separation. That’s it. That‘s the movie y’all. You saw it all in the trailer. I even saw it in 3D to get all I could from it, but nope. ???????
Since the story is so lame, let’s turn the premise of Gemini Man, a literal life do-over, into a discussion about how the mistakes we’ve made throughout our lives led each of us to where we are now, shaping us into the men/women/people we are today. ? If we had the chance to do it all over again, would we avoid every negative experience? Prevent every bad feeling? Undo every mistake? How would we change the experiences of our past? And in turn, how would it change us? Even further, are we applying this sanitized approach to our children? ?? What kind of people will it make them?
So that’s it folks. That’s as deep as Gemini Man can possibly get. Gemini Man is ultimately a 2-dimensional film shot with revolutionary 3D technology. Young Will Smith looks ok, then weird, then ok again, then just plain strange. There’s a great dirtbike chase scene and a little mind-numbing action if that’s what you came for. See it if you enjoy, for instance, every single installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. See it if you love spotting the CGI animations in live action films. See it if you think Will Smith can do no wrong.
Gemini Man, 1.5 of 4 stars. ⭐️