Dou­ble trou­ble

Cockburn Gazette - - MOVIES -

GEMINI Man ap­pears at first glance, with its poster of Will Smith fac­ing off against a younger Will Smith, to be an­other van­ity project for its star.

A closer look be­hind the scenes, with Academy Award win­ner Ang Lee di­rect­ing from a story by Game of Thrones cre­ator David Be­nioff, of­fers some tan­ta­lis­ing hope for some­thing bet­ter.

Un­for­tu­nately, the first in­stinct proves cor­rect, with the twist in the tale be­ing that it is also a van­ity project for Lee, who uses the film to ex­per­i­ment with ground­break­ing CGI and 3D spe­cial ef­fects.

Lee, who cre­ated a dig­i­tal tiger for his ac­claimed film Life of Pi, has raised the bar with a wholly dig­i­tal ver­sion of a young Will Smith. The film is also shot at an ex­tra high frame rate on spe­cially mod­i­fied cam­eras.

The end re­sult is a 3D film that at times looks ab­so­lutely stun­ning, with a clar­ity not seen be­fore, and at oth­ers slightly un­real; per­haps it is sim­ply a tech­nol­ogy that is ahead of its time.

With so much time spent cre­at­ing a fully rounded CGI char­ac­ter, it’s a shame that the rest of the cast is so two-di­men­sional and the script so lazily put to­gether.

The di­a­logue is hammy and the plot pre­dictable, though the ac­tion is en­ter­tain­ing.

If noth­ing else, it looks great.

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