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Will Smith has already had a monumental year with the release of Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin, the highest grossing movie of his almost 30-year career. But he’s not done with 2019 yet. He’ll be back two-fold for Ang Lee’s Gemini Man, where he’ll play a hitman targeted by a younger clone of himself.
Ahead of the film’s October release, Gemini Man has screened for its first audiences. CinemaBlend’s own Michael Reyes offered a sneak peek at his thoughts about the Will Smith-led sci-fi flick. Here's what he had to say:
Rejoice, Bourne fans! It sounds like Gemini Man pulls a bit from its narrative, with a new science fiction twist. While Mike found the upcoming release interesting, overall he doesn’t sound particularly impressed by it. There wasn’t enough story for him to chew on throughout.
Moving to Wilson Morales of Blackfilm.com, he echoed the same thoughts on Gemini Man with these words:
As far as sci-fi films go this year, Gemini Man is one of the few new names to hit the big screen. Morales points out it’s not anything audiences haven’t visited before, but still gives the film points for its fun chase between Will Smith and his younger and completely CGI counterpart. But from here on out is full-on praise for Ang Lee’s newest directorial project.
Just check out Devindra Hardawar of Engadget and Slash Film bring positive buzz to Gemini Man:
What’s unique about Gemini Man is it’s a bold action movie experience that audiences will get to enjoy on the big screen. The movie was shot in 120 frames per second (FPS), which is significantly higher than an average film’s 24FPS and the Hobbit trilogy’s 48FPS. The above motorcycle sequence with Will Smith’s two characters sounds incredibly impressive!
Fandango’s Erik Davis enjoyed the movie as well, calling it amongst the best of Ang Lee’s filmography, which includes the highly-acclaimed Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. Here’s what he said:
It also sounds like 3D is the ticket to buy for Gemini Man. Along with Erik Davis’ recommendation, Refinery29’s Anne Cohen also showed her love for the 3D version along with these comments:
There’s also some love for Mary Elizabeth Winstead! The actress known for 10 Cloverfield Lane and Scott Pilgrim, and soon-to-be Birds of Prey badass, has a supporting role in Gemini Man, along with Clive Owen and Benedict Wong. It’s also nice to hear the CGI Will Smith isn’t jarring like Smith’s Genie was ahead of Aladdin.
Collider's Vinnie Mancuso seemed to enjoy the over the top action of Gemini Man, praising the film with:
Syfy's Jordan Zakarin also had a lot of great things to say for Gemini Man, specifically recommending that moviegoers see it on the biggest screen possible. As he put it:
To close out the round up, here’s some serious praise from ComingSoon’s Max Evry:
On top of love for the visuals and other cast members, Will Smith’s performance sounds like it’s been given the thumbs up! So while Gemini Man’s plot may not be groundbreaking, it looks like the movie is garnering positive initial reactions! Check it out yourself opening weekend starting October 11!