Coming Soon: Gemini Man
If "Aladdin" taught us once thing, it is that Will Smith can still sell a movie. So if one Will Smith works, why not try making a movie starring two of him? This week I checked out the trailer for "Gemini Man," the new movie from Ang Lee, which features both a real-life Will Smith and a CGI version of the actor.
In "Gemini Man" Will Smith plays a skilled assassin named Henry Brogan. The "Gemini Man" preview opens with a voiceover by Smith's character, set to a cover of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young." In it, Brogan describes his encounter with another assassin, whom he is unable to identify or kill.
Halfway into the trailer, the movie's twist is revealed. Brogan's opponent is a younger version of himself. The clone is not only younger, but he is also stronger and unable to feel pain. When I first heard about "Gemini Man," I was pretty concerned about the idea of a computer-generated young Will Smith but based on this preview the special effects look like they will be very convincing. I probably shouldn't have been concerned, given how well Ang Lee did with the animals in "Life of Pi."
Once young Smith is revealed, the rest of the preview is made up of snippets of action sequences, including a few Smith versus Smith fights. One version of Smith sets a motorcycle loose on the other version of Smith. There are also abundant explosions, which is to be expected of any movie that is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Ang Lee can be hit or miss as a director. When he is good, he is very good, but when he is bad, he gives us "Hulk" and "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." With "Gemini Man" he has created a very unique concept, so I am looking forward to seeing how it does at the box office.
<a href=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbyJignbSj0">Watch the trailer for "Gemini Man" on YouTube