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Gemini Man

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Violent, effects-driven action misfire is sluggish, dull.

Movie PG-13 2019 117 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 14+

An OKAY watch, though I don't see myself watching it again

Though I felt like the movie had great uses of CGI and visual tricks, it doesn't make up for the lackluster plot development and uneven pacing. VIOLENCE: Some blood is shown, but there is constant gun violence and high-speed driving, which unsurprisingly leads to collisions and deaths. SEXUAL: A moment where a character is asked to take off her clothes to search for any tracking devices; no nudity is shown. LANGUAGE: Casual use of "s**t," and two uses of "f**k" (one character says "Adios motherf***er", which is quite strong for PG-13, on edge towards an R-rating).
age 10+

Great movie!

This movie is epic! The violence is pretty much the same as his earlier movies like I, Robot which was great. This movie has no sexual content and no drug use which is a relief considering movies that are out today. And the violence is not of the likes of mission impossible. It has less violence. They Only show the guns and point it at peoples heads. Overall if your kid is not sensitive than it should be fine for 10 yr olds.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (24 ):

This sluggish, dull, special effects-driven actioner fails twice: In engaging with an intellectual discussion of clones and in its attempt to find strong emotional ground on the same subject. Director Ang Lee continues his string of technology-advancing movies, but while Life of Pi worked nicely, both Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and Gemini Man seem to have neglected the human connection. Even the real Smith seems muted here; he's normally a warm, funny, compulsively watchable actor, but in trying to convey Henry's lifetime of pain, he simply shuts down. The clone version is kept mostly in shadows to hide its fake, rubbery quality; a scene shot in bright sunlight really lets the seams show.

The story, which takes its characters all over the world, grows more and more implausible -- no one ever gets jet lag? -- and runs out of momentum before long. Aside from some professional-looking stunts and smooth chase scenes, the action only rarely thrills. But what's missing overall is a point. The villain (Clive Owen) has his reasons for creating clone soldiers. And they're not entirely appalling, but the movie's entire conversation about clones -- issues like permission, whether they have souls, and how they might be treated by humans -- is completely ignored. The folks who made Gemini Man clearly put in a great deal of work, but this high-concept movie only yields low-impact results.

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