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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Raises questions about cloning and identity, but not overtly -- and the questions certainly aren't answered.
Positive Role Models
Henry is definitely interesting and likable, but he's still an assassin who has killed dozens. While trying to survive, he's involved in causing lots of destruction and probably some injuries.
Violence & Scariness
Sci-fi/fantasy violence. Some blood/injuries. Lots of guns/shooting. Grenades and explosions. Car chases. Character hit with motorcycle. Stabbing with knife. Secondary characters killed. Hand-to-hand fighting and martial arts-style fight scenes. Arguing. Bones/skulls in catacombs. Peril and fear; flashback of a frightened child.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character asks another to strip to check for listening devices. Nothing graphic shown.
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A use of "motherf----r" (plus another incomplete use of "f--k"), plus "s--t," "goddamn," "ass," "a--hole," "hell," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Coca-Cola drinks prominently displayed in more than one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social beer drinking; characters drink shots. Brief cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gemini Man is director Ang Lee's sci-fi/action movie starring Will Smith as an assassin who comes face-to-face with a younger clone of himself. Violence is the biggest issue: There are guns and shooting, car chases and explosions, martial arts-type fighting, a character being slammed with a motorcycle, and secondary characters dying. One character asks another to strip so he can search her for listening devices, but nothing graphic is shown. Language isn't frequent but includes a use of "f--k" and uses of "s--t," "hell," and more. There's some social drinking. Unfortunately, the half-baked screenplay and flat characters render the movie something of a sad misfire. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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