Gemini Man is now in theaters, and while I kind of dig its approach to cinematography, there’s really not much else to appreciate about this mundane, Will Smith starring action flick.
You can check out my full review below in video or scripted formats.
Hey now fans of movies you know probably won’t be good, but you go and see them anyway because they may have some new cool cinema-tech in them, Matt Heywood here to review Gemini Man, or what I like to an Ang Lee cinematography demo.
And that’s no joke either. Gemini Man is a pretty dumb movie plot wise, and nothing about its world feels that genuine, but I must say that I was impressed by what Ang Lee did from a technical standpoint.
I caught a 3D HFR version of the film that ran at 60 frames per second, which is still half of the full 120 FPS Ang used to shoot it, but you could definitely see how the high frame rate brought a new level of realness to the film’s visuals.
The 3D was as crips as I’ve ever seen, and outside of bright daylight lit shots, there was no 3D ghosting effect, and the depth provided was legit.
The smooth frame rate also brought a level of realism to the visuals that isn’t typically found in cinema. I’m not sure if people are ready for the clarity level and lifelike feel of HFR movies, but Gemini Man offers a great tech demo for those who want to see what it’s like to watch movies as if they were shot on an iPhone 11 Max Pro.
That’s about as best as I can do to explain what the film looks like at even 60 FPS, which is half of what Ang shot it in. The effect works extremely well in low light scenes and makes action sequences look and feel as raw as possible. Outside of the wonky CGI used during a bike chase, I have to say that Gemini Man’s visuals are pretty unique and possibly a bit groundbreaking.
The young Will Smith also looked pretty damn good, so while the plot is entirely forgettable, the camera tech and VFX do stand out. I’m not saying you should go see the film, because it’s not good, but if you like cinema and seeing directors try new things in cinematography, then you may want to find a High Frame Rate screening.
With that being said Gemini Man is a 5.5 out of 10 type of flick though, so take that for what it is and decide if the unique visuals are enough to justify a screening of this mundane action flick.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for Entertainment Buddha, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.