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Gemini Man

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Violent, effects-driven action misfire is sluggish, dull.
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 117 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Raises questions about cloning and identity, but not overtly -- and the questions certainly aren't answered.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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.

Sex

One character asks another to strip to check for listening devices. Nothing graphic shown.

Language

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).

Consumerism

Coca-Cola drinks prominently displayed in more than one scene.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social beer drinking; characters drink shots. Brief cigar smoking.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylpetlock October 12, 2019

Great action film, innovative design and visuals. Terrific acting all around.

Great action film, innovative design and visuals. Terrific acting all around.
Adult Written bypatricia Smallwood October 9, 2019

I thought it was a Great movie

I didn't hear any language or there were not any thing wrong it was just a good action movie. It actually showed what is really possible and it could be g... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bysulli_ October 14, 2019

it’s good

the idea of the film itself is interesting. the story line and the things that lies the character together are well done. it’s well explained .
Kid, 10 years old October 13, 2019

Mediocre

I think that it is pretty mediocre it did not explain the people to much and the story line is good and very funny and sometimes at unintentional times.

What's the story?

In GEMINI MAN, we meet Henry Brogan (Will Smith), who was the world's most highly skilled assassin -- able to take out a target on a moving bullet train from a hillside -- until his decision to retire. In Georgia, Henry rents a boat to meet an old friend, who warns him that the man Henry just killed was actually a scientist. Then Henry realizes that his boat was tapped, and that the person who rented it to him is actually also a secret agent, Danny Zakarweski (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Before long, snipers are coming after both Henry and Danny, so they hit the road with the help of pilot Baron (Benedict Wong) to try to figure out who's after them and why. In Colombia, Henry is targeted by another sniper, and this one is different from all the others. In fact, he looks just like a younger version of Henry!

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Gemini Man's violence. How intense is it? Does the fact that it's largely bloodless make it seem less brutal? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Danny can hold her own in a fight, but is she a strong female character? Why or why not?

  • How does the effects technology that created a copy of star Smith strike you? Is the copy lifelike? Is it cool or creepy?

Movie details

For kids who love action and sci-fi

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