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Well the Best list is out, now let’s take a look at ten films that were real spuds in 2020.

10. THE EMPTY MAN

The horror film that went nowhere. A promising start but then the film is just confusing an ultimately over stayed its welcome.

9. DOLITTLE

Even Robert Downey Jnr couldn’t stop this remake from making a snooze-fest. It also featured one of the most under-whelming action sequences ever.

8. THE HUNT

I expected something amazing and ended up with a film that I had to force myself to sit through.

7. LIKE A BOSS

Predictable from start to finish.

6. INVASION PLANET EARTH

Some low budget sci-fis work and some don’t. This one certainly didn’t.

5. AFTER WE COLLIDED

They tried to spice up the franchise with more sex… now there was more sex and nothing else.

4. LINE OF DUTY

A great idea but failed miserably due to some bad filmmaking – including an exhaust on an electric car.

3. STRANGERS TO THE WORLD

Dull and boring from start to finish.

2. SIBERIA

I don’t mind an artistic film but this got so artistic that in the end it didn’t make sense.

1. GEMINI MAN

This was one of my most eagerly anticipated films of 2020, but boy did it disappoint me. One of the worst films I have ever seen.

 

Summary: An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10th October 2019

Thailand Cinema Release Date: 16th November 2019

Australian Home Entertainment Release Date: 22nd January 2020

Country: United States, China

Director: Ang Lee

Screenwriter: David Benioff, Billy Ray, Darren Lemke

Cast: E.J. Bonilla (Marino), Justin James Boykin (Connor), Ralph Brown (Del Patterson), Marc Demeter (Agent Demeter), Christopher T. Elliott (John), Linda Emond (Janet Lassiter), Douglas Hodge (Jack Willis), Clive Owen (Clay Verris), Will Smith (Henry Brogan/Junior), Igor Szasz (Valery Dormov), Ilia Volok (Yuri Kovacs), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Danny Zakarewski), Benedict Wong (Baron)

Running Time: 117 mins

Classification: M (Australia) 15 (Thailand)

 

 

OUR GEMINI MAN REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths Review:

Know your limits! It is the kind of thing that would expect to say to a first time director who wants to bury themselves in an overly-ambitious cinematic project that is destined to fail. It is hardly the kind of thing that you would think a studio or producer would have to tell an experienced, Oscar winning director like Ang Lee.

As far as filmmaking goes Lee has always been someone that has never been afraid to push the envelope. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon saw him bring Asian cinema to the American mainstream, while Brokeback Mountain tackled taboo topics in such a way it once again showed why cinema plays an important part in opening up discussions in society. Then there was Life Of Pi   – a film which used CGI in a way that no other director had ever dared to imagine.

Therefore it probably shouldn’t have been a surprise when it was announced that Lee’s new film Gemini Man would once again attempt to use cutting edge technology to bring its audience something new and fresh. The technology that Lee decided to use saw the film shot digitally at an extra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second and then modified to 3D. Lee thought the finished product would make audiences feel like they were standing right there amongst the action, instead what has been delivered is a film that is such a terrible cinematic experience it is on par with M. Night Shyamalan’s fall with grace when he helmed the ill-fated The Last Airbender.

When it comes to plot Gemini Man is made up of a story that action heroes like Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger would have fallen over themselves to be involved with back in the 1990s. Will Smith plays Henry Brogan one of the Government’s top hitmen. After a hit becomes too close for comfort for Brogan he decides to retire but when he learns a painful secret about his career he suddenly finds another agent, Danny Zakarweski (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), is sent to kill him. Then after explaining to her that she is mistaken an even deadlier enemy arrives to finish off the job –a clone of Brogan’s younger self.

With a plot a lot like that you could easily imagine a film that could well deliver an intense exploration of a topic like cloning while delivering all the suspense of a big action blockbuster, sadly though Gemini Man just doesn’t deliver at all. First of all it looks bad. You may remember that this type of extra-high frame rate film technique failed miserable when it was trialled on The Lord Of The Rings franchise and here it does exactly the same thing for exactly the same reason. The problem is it leaves the image way too clear, that results in a sun-drenched look that you would normally see on a television soap like The Bold And The Beautiful. And while some may say that yes that does make the audience feel part of the action that crystal clear vision also means that the filmmaker can no longer ‘hide’ all the magic of cinema. Suddenly fake blood is identifiable as fake blood and as we see here a stunt-man filling in for Will Smith is forced to cover his face in an absolutely ludicrous way so the audience can’t tell that he isn’t Smith. Yes, for the motorcycle sequence you will be gasping in wonder but for the rest of the film you will be groaning with disappointment.

If the visual aspects of Gemini Man doesn’t have you groaning I can guarantee that some of the cheesy lines and woeful dialogue certainly will. There is a scene in this film between Danny, Brogan and the clone where the dialogue is so bad that you would swear that it had been lifted from some terrible family soap opera. Then there is the cheesy dialogue throughout the film that feels like the screenwriter was desperate to try and deliver a catch-phrase but fails miserable. Hearing Brogan declare that he is from Philadelphia as he gives his life story does for once get the audience to laugh, but for all the wrong reasons as they recall the lyrics that Smith sang during the title credits of The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.

It is easy to see that what Ang Lee wanted to deliver with Gemini Man was an action film that went down in history for changing the face of cinema, what he has created though is a film so bad that it is likely to become a cult classic for the same reason The Room has become a must-see film – a film that shows young filmmakers how to make a film and has them laughing at the film from start to finish. Perhaps one day a filmmaker will take a look at something as serious as cloning in a way that can open up discussion for the audience but Gemini Man certainly isn’t that film. Like Ang Lee Will Smith rarely delivers a flop but somehow them working together has resulted in one of the worst films of the year.

 

 

 

 

Average Subculture Rating:

 

 

IMDB Rating:  Gemini Man (2019) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Gemini Man Reviews:

Our Gemini Man review that appeared in ‘The Phuket News’ can be read at this link – https://www.thephuketnews.com/double-trouble-will-smith-meets-will-smith-in-sci-fi-flop-gemini-man-73603.php

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It is that time of the year when we reflect on what was good and what was bad in 2019. We start with the worst films of 2019.

  1. Black Christmas

The first dud from the Blumhouse house of horror. Black Christmas tried to be political with the gender game but ended up being so offense even the female audience found it deplorable.

  1. Little

This alleged comedy starring Regina Hall took the old ‘older person becomes younger self to learn a lesson’ Hollywood trope and completely killed it…unfunny in every sense.

  1. After

Based on a hit novel doesn’t necessarily mean success and that was certainly the case for the teenage romance After. Good girl meets bad guy with a reputation but with zero chemistry on screen and a story so transparent anybody could see through it, this was a real stinker.

  1. Gemini Man

Will Smith and director Ang Lee teamed up with what should have been one of the action films of the decade. But the new crystal clear technology only damaged an already flawed film.

  1. Dora And The Lost City Of Gold

You can argue this was a film for kids and shouldn’t be rated so harshly. But even kids struggled with a film that made its lead character seem childish instead of the hero that she should have been.

  1. What Men Want

A switch on the classic Mel Gibson film What Women Want. Re-make, re-boot… whatever this one was unfunny and missed its mark.

  1. Us

Once again Jordan Peele tried to be a little bit different with his horror film and once again it is left floundering with anything but a smart horror.

  1. Poms

Another ill-fated comedy, this time starring Diane Keaton who tries to introduce a cheerleading team to her local retirement home. While the film tries to expose some of the downsides of retirement villages it completely misses its mark and become a nothing film.

  1. It: Chapter Two

Early on it promised to be a hard-edged horror film but then it just fell away to be an ordinary horror film that seemed to mirror the first film.

  1. Godzilla: King Of Monsters

After the original film and Kong proved to be interesting this one just seemed to fall apart and become boring battle sequence after battle sequence with an out of the ordinary storyline that was nearly laughable.

 

GEMINI MAN, starring Will Smith & directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ang Lee, has officially started production!
Check out the first look from set shared by Will Smith on his Instagram page.

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. The film is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Ang Lee and produced by renowned producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison. Also starring are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong.

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GEMINI MAN in cinemas OCTOBER 3, 2019