TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - April 24, 2019
Will Smith and cgi are having a rough relationship in 2019. First there was that whole debacle with him as the Genie in Aladdin looking like he was summoned straight from the uncanny valley...
Now he's at the center of a new film from 2 time Oscar winning Best Director Ang Lee and Armageddon producer Jerry Bruckheimer titled Gemini Man. Smith plays an assassin who is cloned or something and now there's a younger version of him running around and wreaking havoc. It's the sort of thing we see Smith in all the time where he's running around doing something and the audience has no clue what's happening until the last twenty minutes: I Am Legend, Hancock, Enemy of the State, this premise is his bread and butter.
Now, director Ang Lee loves technological advances but rarely uses them well—Life of Pi is sort of the exception that proves the rule. He was gung ho about performance capture and then bungled it with his 2003 Hulk (though I will happily defend that as the best edited comic book movie ever made). He used 3D and high frame rate for a movie about a soldier repressing his PTSD in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. It's just something he can't quite seem to get right.
Here, he's employing cgi-youthinizing technology that's all the rage right now, as well as another go at high frame rate. This time he's going up to 60 frames per second, meaning it's going to be even more disorienting than the 48 fps Peter Jackson used on The Hobbit. The good-ish news is that there aren't many theaters equipped to play the film in these conditions, meaning that we won't have to feel like we're looking at a LARPing documentary this time around.
Either way, this looks to be a fascinating mess, which is what most Ang Lee movies are these days. Gemini Man opens October 4.
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