Take a look at the first trailer to arrive for Gemini Man, an upcoming sci-fi film from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain).
Will Smith plays an elite assassin who finds himself being chased down by a someone that can somehow predict his every move. As it turns out, it’s his younger clone.
It’s been a while since Lee impressed; Life of Pi was in 2012 . His last film was 2016’s passable drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which didn’t really feel like it benefited too much from its much-touted 4K, 3D, high frame-rate shooting at 120fps. He’s gone that route again for Gemini Man, which looks okay in the trailer below, even if that oh-so smooth frame rate is still uncomfortable. The tone’s a little off, too; that serious take of “Forever Young” doesn’t quite work. We’ll see. Having Ang Lee delivering sci-fi is a highly enticing proposition.
“It is my great fortune to be able to experiment and test the limits of what new digital cinema has to offer us,” Lee said. “No less so to be able to work with two Will Smiths – One beautifully sophisticated, the other exuberantly honest. In my opinion, this is Will at his very best, and when the two come together, it is something truly magical.”
Said Smith: “The emotional and physical challenges of making this film have been the most demanding of my career. Ang is pushing the limits to give people an experience in the movie theater that you can’t get anywhere else. This is not only an action film, but an exploration of what one’s younger self can ultimately teach one’s older self. […] Our hope is that this story provides something for everyone — never before seen cinematic wizardry, nuanced, relatable characters and next-level action.”
Gemini Man, also starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong, will open in the US on October 4 and arrives in Australia on October 10.
Official logline for Gemini Man:
Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move.