That looks very cool and promising, from the footage of the actions shown and the cast that will play you already have the expectation that you should watch the film because it is quite stunning and curious. So that’s what happens when you watch the Gemini Man movie. What is in your mind looks very different when witnessed. Labeled with the action thriller genre, this film turns out to be the original idea of making it that has been around since 1997 but had a stalemate for 20 years. Until finally in October 2017 Ang Lee was appointed as director after the copyright for this film was purchased by Skydance Pictures and distribution was held by Paramount. The screenplay itself was written by David Benioff (GoT), Billy Ray (Volcano), and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After; Lost). Gemini Man was released in US theaters on October 11, 2019 and will be released in Indonesia on October 9, 2019.
Gemini Man tells the story of Henry Brogan (Will Smith), a trained assassin similar to a member of the Black Ops (organizational details are never clearly stated throughout the film) who want to retire after completing his final mission. In his last mission Henry was ordered to kill the target in a super fast train, the target was successfully killed by Henry even though it missed the head but hit the target’s neck. This happened because there was a little girl who had approached the target. Since then Henry feels haunted and decides to quit. In the process of managing his retirement, Henry meets Danny (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) at the shipyard and meets his old friend Jack (Douglas Hodge) who informs him that the target in the last mission he killed was an innocent person.
The agency that assigned Henry knows of the meeting and tries to eliminate Henry for knowing facts that shouldn’t be known. Henry also rushes to save Danny because it turns out that the two of them are now the targets of their agency. Henry easily kills all the agents assigned to eliminate them and with Danny they head east to find Henry’s old friend, Baron (Benedict Wong). Together with the Baron they try to find Yuri to find the truth of the situation they are in. Meanwhile Clay Varris (Clive Owen) activates the Gemini program with the aim of killing Henry because he believes that only the Gemini project can match Henry’s greatness. On a mission to meet Yuri, Henry meets an assassin sent by Clay Varris who is later identified as Junior (Will Smith). Henry is overwhelmed and confused at the same time because Junior has a similar appearance but is younger and has the same great skill as Henry. Armed with DNA testing of samples from his confrontation with Junior, Henry discovers the surprising fact that Junior is his younger clone as well as the fact that his final target is closely linked to the Gemini project. Along with Danny and Baron, the three of them try to stop Clay Varris and the Gemini project before Junior who has the same prowess as Henry finishes them off first. Armed with DNA testing of samples from his confrontation with Junior, Henry discovers the surprising fact that Junior is his younger clone as well as the fact that his final target is closely linked to the Gemini project. Along with Danny and Baron, the three of them try to stop Clay Varris and the Gemini project before Junior who has the same prowess as Henry finishes them off first. Armed with DNA testing of samples from his confrontation with Junior, Henry discovers the surprising fact that Junior is his younger clone as well as the fact that his final target is closely linked to the Gemini project. Along with Danny and Baron, the three of them try to stop Clay Varris and the Gemini project before Junior who has the same prowess as Henry finishes them off first.
As I said earlier, this film is not interesting at all because everything is full of responsibility, the portion of drama and action in Gemini Man makes us wonder where this film is going. Had this film focused on drama or just action, the results might have been different. Ang Lee is an expert director in philosophical themed films and life dramas, but it seems that Ang Lee’s specialization is not optimally utilized in the actualization of this film’s story, the fault is not entirely in Ang Lee’s hands, bad story scripts are also the cause. During the course of this 117-minute film, it appears that the moments of action and drama are not built solidly to support the story. a story that was originally filled with action scenes that was enough to stimulate adrenaline suddenly turned into a drama full of dialogue in the middle until the end of the story, the effort to build the climax moment seemed to be in vain. The actions shown are just complementary scenes that may not be needed if you want to show the inner conflict between the main character and his clones who don’t want to kill each other. It’s also not clearly explained why Junior the clone suddenly has doubts and moral conscience, even the details of the Gemini project are not explored during this film. The only clue is Clay’s statement that he was inspired to have many soldiers like Henry who have no emotions/doubts and can be ordered at will which would be of great help to the US military.
In terms of cast, Will Smith seems to be trying hard to support his two characters, both the young and adult versions, but the poor story script makes the soul and exploration of Junior’s character look awkward. As Henry, the motivation that drives his actions is clear but as a Junior with a blurred background, I as the audience are confused as to why his character seems so easily driven and carried away by situations when dealing with the adult version, Henry. wheel” / complement that is very minimally explored.
Cinematography and visual effects in this film are expected to be components of “Wow” because this film was shot in 3D format with 4K resolution and 120 FPS. The visual effects are also handled by Weta Digital. The component that is predicted to be a trigger for admiration is seeing 51-year-old Will Smith interacting in ‘real time’ with his 23-year-old younger version. However, this spectacular effect seems redundant when I watch the story that is displayed because there are not many scenes in the film that utilize 3D effects as well as the high resolution and frame rate looks a bit excessive after watching this full-fledged story. There are several scenes where it appears that Will Smith’s clone is a digital effects aid. Use of location sets in Savannah, Budapest, and pure Cartagena only for cinematographic effects to make it more diverse and pleasing to the eye. Even though there will be no problem if you only focus on one country.
Gemini Man tries to present the issue of genetic engineering and cloning and the dangers of being used as a weapon in the military. Ang Lee tries to dramatize this through the ethical conflicts and dilemmas experienced by the clone and the original individual. However, its approach by combining drama and action genres with inappropriate portions makes the film’s moral message not conveyed effectively. As an audience, I can’t catch the anxiety of the main character and the level of danger that is shown through the cloning aspect to the general public because this film only focuses on Henry, Junior, and Danny and Clay as shadows throughout the film. Cloning as a threat in the military world to global security or peace is almost never in this film.