‘Gemini Man’ Trailer: Ang Lee & Will Smith Team Up for Visionary Sci-Fi Thriller

The Playlist | 4/23/2019 | Cory Woodroof
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When you think of visionary cinema, you think of director Ang Lee. The Oscar winner has spent the last decade or so of his career pushing the limits of camera technique, high-speed frame rates, and optical possibility, and he’s going to continue to push those boundaries once his latest film, “Gemini Man,” hits theaters this fall.

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We now have our first look at the project, which promises to be a return to form for Lee and perhaps a boost for star Will Smith, who has struggled this decade to command the audiences he’s been accustomed to for his blockbuster work.

The visual panache looks on point here, as does Lee’s knack for staging high-octane thrill rides that immerse you into the moment. His 2003 ahead-of-its-time adaptation of the Incredible Hulk is beginning to find the audience it deserved upon release. This is Lee’s first foray into more of a genre-filled affair since that ill-fated film, as he’s opted for more dramatic fare since (though his 2012 Oscar winner “Life of Pie” certainly had its suspenseful flairs). With “Gemini Man,” Lee should be right at home with his directorial strengths.

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Our resident awards expert Gregory Ellwood was on hand in Vegas for the new film’s CineamCon presentation earlier this month and had this to offer on the film’s plot.

“Gemini Man’s” premise is quite simple. Henry Brogen (Smith) is an assassin who discovers that 25 years earlier, his genes were used to create an exact close of himself. He must now fight a younger version of himself who has been instructed to kill him. Smith plays both roles with visual effects being used to de-age him for his 23-year-old clone. In the footage screened they chase each other on motorcycles and fight in an abandoned warehouse...
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