Gemini Man reviewed by Mark Kermode

  • Published: 11 October 2019
  • Please tell us what you think of the film -- or Mark’s review of the film. We love to include your views on the show every Friday.

    If you like this, why not subscribe to our podcast for more reviews, interviews and general wittering of the highest order:

    Twitter: @Wittertainment
    Fridays at 3pm on BBC 5 live.
  • Movies Movies

Comments • 324

  • FormerHumanX
    FormerHumanX  4 days back

    Wouldn't it be easier to use a young actor but in old-age makeup for the other role?

    • Roter Fuchs
      Roter Fuchs  3 weeks back

      This is how it should have been made, same story but with Alfonso Ribeiro as the Carlton character, exactly the same.

      • mark199
        mark199  3 weeks back

        I saw this movie last night and don't understand the criticism it's received. I saw it in bog standard 2d so don't know if that made a difference. 8 out of 10 from me

        • artemis360
          artemis360  3 weeks back

          Invoking the scripture of Goldblum? Savage 100.

          • Justin Cassidy
            Justin Cassidy  3 weeks back

            High frame rate sounds similar to watching eastenders in High Def. It looks like a set and has no realism compared to standard def

            • hanshotfirst1138
              hanshotfirst1138  4 weeks back

              Maybe it’s the presence of Bruckheimer, but even before I heard from Mark that this dated back as far as it did, it felt just from the premise and the trailer like a 90s action film from the era when Bruckheimer was a box office king.

              • Philly Tee
                Philly Tee  4 weeks back

                "I saw this on the side of a bus..." = I saw this movie go under a bus that had a picture of 'Joker' on it!!!

                • ADAM BRAILSFORD
                  ADAM BRAILSFORD  4 weeks back

                  This is worth a watch it’s got that fit bird out of Fargo in it , what what

                  • Gandalf the Grey
                    Gandalf the Grey  4 weeks back

                    Will Smith. Please retire.

                    • First name Last name
                      First name Last name  4 weeks back

                      you mean it took 22 years to make?

                      • estleman
                        estleman  4 weeks back

                        I normally enjoy Mark's weekly review of The Exorcist, but something seems to be missing from this one.

                        • Luke Zoupp
                          Luke Zoupp  4 weeks back

                          "Marvel movies are cinema?" Kermode Uncut

                          • B T
                            B T  4 weeks back

                            What a waste of a career. Has there ever been such a discrepancy between an actor's talent and the quality of films he's appeared in?

                            • Black Marvel
                              Black Marvel  4 weeks back

                              Will Smith is a great actor, he just can't pick a good script even if his life depended on it.

                            • Simon Grindell
                              Simon Grindell  4 weeks back

                              It sounds like a work filled with, and dependent on, intertextuality.

                              Will Smith, an actor of whom it is often remarked has made a career of playing himself, is playing a character who, with the best will in the world, sounds like an amalgamation of all his previous roles put together. And he is being hunted by a younger version of himself... an entirely digital version of himself... who is presumably out to kill him/ replace him, whatever, in a film shot on the format-of-the-future.

                              That's... I don't have the words.
                              Almost wonderful.

                              • Iain Meldrum
                                Iain Meldrum  4 weeks back

                                60fps (or 120 if you're splitting hairs/eyes) is great for video games because you want realism; you want things to look like they are happening in front of you as your character moves inexorably from one place to the next. This emphatically doesn't work for film, unless you aren't cutting from a POV perspective. It didn't even work well when Michael Mann used HD video in Public Enemies. And when half your target audience are familiar with YouTube videos that *do* look like they were filmed in someone's back yard for next-to-nothing, why would you want to emulate that??

                                • Martin Decamerone
                                  Martin Decamerone  4 weeks back

                                  They wished there was just a software out there that does deaging??? U know u can just buy it, and don’t need a full 3D Modell of of a 23 year old

                                  • Xavier X
                                    Xavier X  4 weeks back

                                    Will is not suited to these miserable looking sorry-faced roles.
                                    He's much better in his old upbeat nonchalant jokey roles.

                                    Not even tempted.

                                    • Toby B
                                      Toby B  4 weeks back

                                      I 100% agree what he’s saying about high frame rate. If ever you looking for TVs, the stores are playing movies in high frame rate and they all look like crap- it Deirdre’s elements of the image so much it makes movement look odd and makes a film look like a live tv broadcast. It’s ugly as sin and a pretty stupid idea

                                      • Joe Magill
                                        Joe Magill  4 weeks back

                                        make a bad film badly and it will look bad... who knew???

                                    • HrodebertUbe
                                      HrodebertUbe  4 weeks back

                                      DOuble Impact. Van Damme.

                                      • 5ypher
                                        5ypher  4 weeks back

                                        I'm more shocked they didn't just use the film as an excuse to cast Will Smiths son in another film.

                                        • necaacen
                                          necaacen  4 weeks back

                                          surely the technology has always been there to make this and do it better than theyve done it here? you get a young actor and then you use makeup to turn him into the older guy surely? why get an old guy and try to cgi him to be younger? i saw th trailer and it looked garbage.

                                          • ron gwen
                                            ron gwen  4 weeks back

                                            Yes but ordinary cinema goers like me that just go to be entertained don't understand all this "super high frame" guff. What about a review of what happened in the film? People like me know nothing, and care even less, about the format. For the record I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I've seen the same plot many times, but the action bits were good and so were the sidekicks especially M E Winstead who added humour as well as being surprisingly good in fights.

                                            • simonhaslam
                                              simonhaslam  1 months back

                                              Could have been worse, Will Smith could have said "actually, you don't need the fancy FX, I have a son who could play the younger me".

                                              • Simon Hindle
                                                Simon Hindle  1 months back

                                                IT'S A BATTLE OF WILLS.... ( I'm here all week unfortunately)

                                                • Glen Ryder
                                                  Glen Ryder  1 months back

                                                  Will's clone looks artificial. Maybe that's the point. He's lab-made.

                                                  • Herman Melville
                                                    Herman Melville  1 months back

                                                    Tony Scott might have been the only one able to pull this off.

                                                  • gengis khan
                                                    gengis khan  1 months back

                                                    It seems illuminati is no longer on will smiths side. He cant make a good movie anymore

                                                    • Boblennon1012
                                                      Boblennon1012  1 months back

                                                      The moment I seen David Benioff co-wrote the screen play for this I knew it was going to suck, this is the guy that was responsible for the infamous deadpool bastardisation in x-men origins wolverine and along with his equally terrible partner destroyed
                                                      one the greatest shows of all time in its last season.

                                                      • Sean Sines
                                                        Sean Sines  1 months back

                                                        Didn't Looper do this concept already and do it a lot better by all accounts?

                                                        • Given to Fly
                                                          Given to Fly  1 months back

                                                          When I first saw the poster art I thought for a second he had put his son in another movie with him, like that god awful After Earth.
                                                          Then I realised he hadn’ I guess we can be thankful for that?

                                                          • Edward Gardiner
                                                            Edward Gardiner  1 months back

                                                            It's such a 90s action movie concept, makes sense that it goes back to '97.

                                                            • the hydronator
                                                              the hydronator  4 weeks back

                                                              yeh it would've been released to rival face off im guessing.

                                                          • James Buckingham
                                                            James Buckingham  1 months back

                                                            I had a girlfriend who really looked like Mary Elizabeth Winstead. I always feel slightly weird watching anything with her in it because of this!

                                                            • Nuclear Jellyfish
                                                              Nuclear Jellyfish  1 months back

                                                              Mark Kermode reviews it so you don't have to..nobody would have seen it if it wasn't for the critics

                                                              • David James
                                                                David James  1 months back

                                                                Having watched it myself in 120 fps, it really does look like you're watching a soap opera. The sunny locations help make it not Eastenders, but it does resemble a 2hr Special of Eldorado with Will Smith and action sequences.
                                                                The ultra real, you're-on-set feel also highlights some of the substance-less lines and strained jokes, as the lack of atmosphere, just leaves you with the actors, as if they're workshopping dialog. And it likes you've been dumped on set, not allowed to leave, sat watching, bored out of your mind, hoping the actors can do better.

                                                                • Street Struck
                                                                  Street Struck  1 months back

                                                                  "Don't make me Ang-lee, you won't like me when I'm Ang-lee."

                                                                  • Josh Petzoldt
                                                                    Josh Petzoldt  4 weeks back

                                                                    There's a reason his Hulk movie isn't part of the MCU and it's not just that it came out before Iron Man...

                                                                  • Jack Tanner
                                                                    Jack Tanner  4 weeks back

                                                                    Ang Lee has let himself go

                                                                  • Kane Danaher
                                                                    Kane Danaher  4 weeks back

                                                                    I'm sorry, what did you just say?

                                                                  • David James
                                                                    David James  1 months back

                                                                    Not recently at least

                                                                • Charlie X
                                                                  Charlie X  1 months back

                                                                  Gemini Man set in Atlanta Georgia where a young version of Will Smith comes to kill him. Convicted Atlanta Child Killer Wayne Williams used a band he managed called "Gemini" to lure young black boys to kill them.

                                                                  • Simeon Costa
                                                                    Simeon Costa  1 months back

                                                                    The side of the bus was the best way to see it.... hahahaha

                                                                    • John Andrew O'Rourke
                                                                      John Andrew O'Rourke  1 months back

                                                                      Thank you Mark for (justifiably) destroying this trash.

                                                                      • Chris Cork
                                                                        Chris Cork  1 months back

                                                                        HFR 3D was excellent. Worth seeing for that alone. I understand what he is saying about it not feeling cinematic, maybe true at first but after a while the action feels more real and alive and like it is taking place on a stage play in front of you.

                                                                        • David James
                                                                          David James  1 months back

                                                                          I think that's the problem to be honest. Cinema's about escape and dreaming, and Gemini Man would have been cheaper if they'd just had the actors run across the stage in front of the screen.

                                                                      • CJJC
                                                                        CJJC  1 months back

                                                                        I’d have preferred Gemini Man, an adaptation of the Ben Murphy invisible man series from the 1970s.

                                                                        • Rob Silent
                                                                          Rob Silent  1 months back

                                                                          Salut. Looks like a story (script) does matter - not some 400 frames per minute (3D, moving seats or smell-o-vision...). 😎

                                                                          • SlavjanA
                                                                            SlavjanA  1 months back

                                                                            We're just not conditioned to a HFR in cinema.

                                                                            When we're presented things at a cinematic framerate (~25 FPS), we can suspend our disbelief and immerse into fantasy, because that's what we're used to. In contrast, what we see in a HFR (~50+ FPS) are things like reality TV, the news, documentaries, behind the scenes footage, et cetera. So when something that's obviously fantasy is presented to us in a HFR, our disbelief isn't suspended and we don't immerse into it.

                                                                            • David James
                                                                              David James  1 months back

                                                                              I believe a lot of it is to do with our minds being forced to work more at filling in the blanks, when there's less frames. So we're engaged more at an emotional level. When it's all laid out, you're just like, right, there it is, and it just leaves you neutral.

                                                                          • Hans Akkerman
                                                                            Hans Akkerman  1 months back

                                                                            I kept thinking about Mega Man 3.

                                                                            • Milkydrink
                                                                              Milkydrink  1 months back

                                                                              4k movie on a 480p YouTube video I really got to appreciate the quality. I even checked on my phone to see if it was just my old tablet letting me down but alas no 480p it is!

                                                                              • David Rogers
                                                                                David Rogers  1 months back

                                                                                I preferred Twins

                                                                              • SurlyInsomniac
                                                                                SurlyInsomniac  1 months back

                                                                                Fresh Prince vs. Refresh Prince

                                                                                • David James
                                                                                  David James  1 months back

                                                                                  After all these years in development, it's more like Defrost Prince

                                                                              • Harry Noke
                                                                                Harry Noke  1 months back

                                                                                Not a bad movie, I enjoyed it. Nothing revolutionary or particularly special but a good night out at the cinema, maybe a cheeky Nando’s before or after