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|Produktionsland:||China / USA 2019|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 117 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Henry Brogan (Will Smith) is the best hit man you can get for money. But he feels that age is slowly but surely making itself felt in him. Soon he'll have to retire. His clients also know this, but they want to put him into eternal retirement in an unsightly way. But how do you kill the best contract killer? Clay Verris (Clive Owen) seems to have found the solution with his secret Gemini project. He puts a young agent on Henry who seems to know exactly how the killer thinks and who seems to be on a par with him in every respect. When Henry, with the help of agent Danny Zakarweski (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), uncovers the secret of the Gemini project, they realize how powerful their opponent actually is…
It's no secret against whom Will Smith has to compete in "Gemini Man". After all, not only in every trailer, but also on the film poster it is revealed that he has to fight against his younger self or a clone. Director Ang Lee and his team have implemented this almost perfectly technically. Like Peter Jackson's "Hobbit"-Trilogy, "Gemini Man" was also shot in HFR-3D format, which still takes some getting used to, but especially in the action sequences it provides some impressive pictures of unbelievable sharpness. So it can be said quite rightly that the film is great from a technical point of view and maybe even something of a milestone (although a bit more frightening, it also shows how convincingly pictures and videos can be manipulated now.)
Special mention should be made of a motorbike chase between Henry and his younger clone, which is simply breathtaking. I am almost inclined to say that this scene alone is worth buying a cinema ticket - no matter whether you see it in HFR with 48 frames per second or in the conventional format with 24 frames per second. Either way it becomes clear that Ang Lee is not only able to stage drama but also action perfectly and that Will Smith, even at the age of 51, is far from being old-fashioned - and that not in his computer-tapered version.
But the film also makes something else clear: Technical perfection isn't everything! If there is a problem with the script, fascinating effects and great pictures can only do something to a limited extent. In the story of "Gemini Man", the point of criticism refers less to the fact that there are many logical holes, but rather to the fact that there are too many tough, irrelevant scenes that repeatedly slow down the otherwise so fast-paced events. As big and revolutionary as the film looks visually, as small and old-fashioned it seems on a dramaturgical level.
"Gemini Man" is not a bad film. He offers solid popcorn entertainment with some great moments and good actors. But that's all it is. If you don't expect more and just want to borrow 2 hours of reality, this work can be recommended to you. Worth seeing!
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