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Gemini Man Blu-ray Review

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Double the disappointment.

After working as a Marine and an assassin for the DIA, Henry decides to retire. Peace is short lived, however, when he and another agent (Dani) are running for their lives after someone wants them dead (no spoilers here). One such assassin turns out to be a clone of Henry which leads both he and Henry down an unexpected path.

I’m all for experimenting with technology in cinema, but director Ang Lee seems to be getting lost with it as of late. The wondrous visuals worked with “Life of Pi” because it was a very human story (and one based on a hugely popular book), but the technology overwhelmed the 120FPS nonsense of¬† both”Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and now “Gemini Man” (the latter of which also focuses heavily on motion capture technology). One would think the combo of Jerry Bruckheimer and Ang Lee mixed with a script by David Benioff, Darren Lemke and Billy Ray would at least be engaging, but the end result is a flat sci-fi action movie which essentially comes across as a big budget version of a direct to video action flick. Sure, there are some intense action sequences (namely when Henry first encounters his clone) with impressive technology (albeit still very flawed tech), but that’s about it. The story tries to be deeper than it really is, but it’s all very obvious and slapped together.

Even though the cast is stacked with talent comprised of the likes of Will Smith, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, none of them are given complex characters to work with. Will Smith is playing dual roles but both characters are bland and monotone. When you cast Smith you expect personality so it’s rather baffling to see the actor being deprived of what he does best.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? A crisp, colorful and detailed hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? With the booming score, shootouts among other sound intensive scenes, this Atmos track delivers the goods.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* 2 deleted scenes an alternate opening
* “The Genesis Of Gemini Man”- A short featurette about the long in the works “Gemini Man.”
* “Facing Your Younger Self”- A behind-the-scenes look at Will Smith’s dual roles.
* “The Future Is Now”- An extra about the technology of this film.
* “Setting The Action”- As one might expect, this bonus feature revolves around the action set pieces
* “Next Level Detail”- A featurette on the production design (particularly of the catacombs)
* “The Vision of Ang Lee”- A look at Ang Lee;s directorial style

January 9, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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