Sometimes you really are your own worst enemy…
Gemini Man, available to buy on the Virgin Media Store. Rent it on Virgin Movies from Monday 17 February. Cert 12
Former Marine Scout Sniper Henry Brogan is working as a highly skilled government assassin for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) when he decides it’s time to retire. So far, so action movie – but Gemini Man comes with a twist. The thing preventing 51-year-old Brogan from hanging up his license to kill is a 23-year-old clone of himself called Junior.
Clay Varris (Clive Owen, Children Of Men), who heads up a covert military unit called Gemini, has sent Junior to kill Brogan, but why? And where on earth did Junior come from? Gemini, of course, means “the twins” in Latin, so there’s a clue...
Before you get stuck into Gemini Man, find out the reasons why you need to pick up the movie on the Virgin Media Store…
You get two Will Smiths for the price of one
That’s a pretty good deal if you ask us! And he’s on top form, absolutely nailing the fight scenes as well as having to act opposite his younger self.
Not to mention, he’s supported by an amazing cast, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) as Danny Zakarewski, a Navy veteran and DIA agent who helps Brogan. Benedict Wong plays Baron, Brogan’s former Marine colleague who works as a tour operator.
It’s directed by Oscar winner Ang Lee
He scooped the Best Director Academy Awards for Life Of Pi and Brokeback Mountain, with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon earning the gong for Best Foreign Language Film. Those are just a few of the wins he has under his belt.
For his 2016 film Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Lee shot it in 120 frames per second (as opposed to the typical 24 frames per second) and in high-definition 4K 3D – a method he calls the “whole shebang”. He replicated this for Gemini Man to make the moviegoing experience hyperreal.
The film has been 20 years in the making
The idea originated in 1997, with directors Tony Scott (Top Gun), Curtis Hanson (LA Confidential) and Joe Carnahan (The Grey) set to be involved at various points. Nicolas Cage, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford and Sean Connery were all tipped to play the leading man, but it landed in Smith’s lap once the technology to pull it off was perfected. The screenplay ended up in the hands of a crack team of writers, including Billy Ray (The Hunger Games), Darren Lemke (Shazam!) and David Benioff (co-creator of Game Of Thrones).
It’s seriously high-tech
We’ve seen the impressive de-ageing technique used on Michael Douglas in the Ant-Man films, on Samuel L Jackson in Captain Marvel and on Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino as they turn back the clock for The Irishman. This isn’t the case in Gemini Man. Instead of opting to smooth out some wrinkles (Smith hardly has any anyway!), the film delivers the first fully digital human character in the form of Junior.
The only way Smith could be seen as a younger version of himself at such a high frame was if he was a wholly CGI creation. Lee said his goal was to continue his “pursuit of what digital cinema should be”, but that he “still had to deliver a Will Smith clone movie”. The result was created through motion capture, which was altered using footage of Smith during his Six Degrees of Separation/Bad Boys era.
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