Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Will Smith’s $100 Million “Gemini Man” Striking Out with Reviewers, May Turn Off Audiences with Gunplay, Sea Sick Motion Capture Technology


Will Smith’s “Gemini Man” is striking out with reviewers this morning. As early word comes in, the Ang Lee – directed action feature is being panned pretty much across the board. Already Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, and Screen Daily have posted very negative comments. The budget is firmly in the $100 million arena.

This isn’t good news for Paramount, which has been struggling to find hits. Luckily, they did well with “Rocketman” this summer.

I just don’t get what happened to Ang Lee. His career has included great highs and lows. “The Ice Storm,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Crouching Dragon, Hidden Tiger,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi”– all glorious hits. But then the unwatchable “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” “Ride with the Devil,” “Hulk,” “Taking Woodstock.” What explains all this?

“Gemini Man” is also coming at the wrong moment in the culture. Will Smith plays an action hero fighting a clone of himself, filmed like he’s in a video game. He’s constantly shooting a machine gun. There’s a lot of “killing,” And even though it’s make believe, I don’t think anyone’s in the mood right now. Sylvester Stallone’s new “Rambo” is already seeing a big fall off after its first week. There are people upset about the upcoming “Joker.” And this looks worse than those two.

Also, “Gemini Man” is filmed in motion-capture technology. Even the trailer is making me sea-sick.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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