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#CrunchTest Movie Review: What Would You Do If You Saw Your 10-Year Younger Self?

What would your answer be?


Most people would ask about what would happen if you meet your future self instead.


In Gemini Man, it was the former. Henry Brogan (played by Will Smith), a 51-year old contract killer found himself to be an assassinated target once he announced his retirement. Brogan found out that the assassin was not only designated to kill but he was made specifically for him by his bosses.



As a typical result, he felt betrayed and began to question their motives, Brogan decided to go against the odds to fight the system. Find out more about what Gemini Man has to unfold:


A few of our movie buffs had the opportunity to attend the premiere screening and here's what they have to say about the movie:


2.8/5

What Sher Rhie Thinks:


1. Overall, what do you think of the plot?

The plot was quite predictable as the movie progresses. I can already predict how the supposed villain of the movie, Junior a.k.a Henry 2.0, would be at the end of the movie. As it lacks the wow factor, I think it'll be great if there were more suspense, surprise and excitement to live up to the movie's genre.

2. With most parts of the movie done by CGI, did you think that the director focused more on it instead of the storyline?

I would say it has a considerable amount of CGI content but it is acceptable though it needs more effort and refinement. The storyline was okay but can definitely be better. Better in the sense that the plot can help us to be more personal with Henry. I feel like there is a lack of emotional inclusion when it comes to the storyline, as I just couldn't feel attached to Henry nor Junior. It really just felt more like an action movie, instead of an action movie with a meaning behind it. Human cloning is deemed to be inhumane but this movie didn't really make us feel that way.

3. What is your favourite scene in the movie?

There were a few scenes that were intriguing to me. But my favourite scene of the movie was during Henry Brogan's first encounter with the cloned version of his younger and faster self, who tried to kill him - however, failed. The fight scene left me clinging to the edge of my seat as it was quite intense!

4. Compared to other movies Will Smith has done, did you think he lived up to his namesake?

I believe previous Will Smith movies have done better than this one. I've started watching Will Smith's movie since Men in Black, and even his all-time best series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His performance in this movie was good but the storyline and script were made in such a way that I could not feel attached to his character like other movies of his.


5. From 1-5, how much would you rate this movie?

I would give Gemini Man a 3/5. It was an okay drama/thriller movie to watch to pass time; however, it wouldn't be my first choice of a movie if I want to rewatch something next time.

What Delton Thinks:



1. Overall, what do you think of the plot?

Regrettably, the script sinks the film almost entirely. The film’s plot – co-written by Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff – is cut from the same cloth as about 10,000 other Hollywood spy actioners, down to the dreadfully cliched line, “Who sent you, who do you work for?” – though this time is aided by a recent 2010s movie cliché: daddy issues. Especially for these recent few months: Ad Astra, Joker, Rambo: Last Blood… what is it with Hollywood’s recent obsession for fathers or father figures who weren’t there for the protagonists in the first place?


2. With most parts of the movie reliant on CGI, did you think that the director focused more on it instead of the storyline?

Undeniably one of the more eclectic filmmakers working in Hollywood today, Ang Lee has honed his craft in films both wide in scope and intimately emotional, sometimes simultaneously with a humanist touch. He has utilized CGI greatly in films before, like 2003’s Hulk and 2012’s Oscar-winning Life of Pi, but subjectively I don’t think Lee focuses on it here as much, save for some brilliant de-ageing work for the younger Will Smith – though some of the vehicular CGI stunts looked very awkward.


Lee’s handling of the action is as fluid as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but they lack the subtlety of that film, going straight for sensory assault – aided by the 3D HFR like a shot of steroids to the eyes. Whether that’s a good thing or not is a debate for another essay.


3. What is your favourite scene in the movie?

Two scenes stand out dramatic-wise, surprisingly. There’s a confrontation in a Hungarian catacomb where Brogan poignantly tries to talk some sense into his younger self, and another scene where the younger clone confronts Clay Varris about his origins shows Ang Lee’s knack for human dramas in the midst of the chaotic action. These were some of the few scenes that left an impression on me.


4. Compared to other movies Will Smith has done, did you think he lived up to his namesake?

Yes, in fact, Will Smith is giving his all here. In fact, this is not the Will Smith from the Bad Boys films or even the cringe-inducing Aladdin remake; several scenes where Brogan expresses great remorse over his past actions display the Oscar-nominated Smith’s talent as more than just The Fresh Prince.


5. From 1-5, how much would you rate this movie?

2/5

What Kenny Lew thinks:



1. Overall, what do you think of the plot? 

Overall, the movie was good. It is your day-to-day action movie and you get exactly what you would expect from an action/sci-fi movie. However, the plot lacks suspense and it is predictable on what's about to happen. The plot and concept are interesting but the narration of the story can be done better.

2. With most parts of the movie done by CGI, did you think that the director focused more on it instead of the storyline?

The CGI scenes in the movie are fairly on-point, from removing wrinkles to exploding shotgun shells to the chest. However, the storyline can be chessy at times with the typical cliché of how a potential supervillain can turn into a hero.


3. What was your favourite scene of the movie?

The scene that sticks to me is when Henry meets his "younger self" for the first time. The action scene during that encounter was well coordinated and it really shows how ageing has affected Henry, as compared to the "younger & stronger" Junior. It was portrayed nicely that Junior was created to take over Henry's role as a highly-skilled assassin.


4. Compared to other movies Will Smith has done, did you think he lived up to his namesake?

Nothing can beat Will Smith in the Men in Black series. That movie is still going to be my top of the chart Will Smith movie. However, with the plot for Gemini Man, Will still manages to live up to how Will would do it.


5. From 1-5, how much would you rate this movie?

I would give it a rating of 3.5/5.


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