Movie Review: Gemini Man (2019)

Synopsis: Already unable to sleep because of the 72 people he has killed and feeling his skills are beginning to deteriorate, 51-year-old assassin Henry Brogan decides to retire. However, when he inadvertently learns the truth about who his last target was, his former employers decide he needs to be eliminated. Since his is the best in the game and hard to kill as a result, they eventually send the second-best, his 23-year-old clone, to finish the job.

Who's in it? The movie stars Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong and Linda Emond.

Review: When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I didn't think it would be a film I would enjoy, mostly because it sounded extremely predictable. However, my wife and I were looking for a movie to watch last night and, since this one was available, we decided to give it a try. The film more than exceeded my expectations.

The thing that surprised me about this movie was it wasn't quite as predictable as I thought it would be. Brogan's (Smith) younger self possessed many of the same physical skills as he did and a lot of the same training but there were just enough differences between the two characters to keep a hint of mystery about what would happen next.

I liked how the film decided to give Brogan's clone a personality of his own, so it felt a bit more like Brogan was facing his child rather than his younger self. The fact he had his own set of emotions and questions made him seem much more unique than I was expecting in a movie about clones. It also made it more difficult to figure out how the film would end, would the clone end up being a good guy or would Brogan be forced to kill him?

Another thing I found I liked and appreciated about this movie was the way the writers decided not to create a romantic sub plot between Brogan and his female ally, Danny (Winstead). There is no doubt in my mind it would have seemed forced and would have detracted from the overall film and I wish more action movies would realize platonic relationships are just fine.

My only real complaint about this movie is I feel the ending could have used a bit more suspense at the very end. While the rest of the movie was entertaining, the ending did prove to be somewhat predictable and ultimately didn't even have a bad guy that created any sort of challenge for Brogan to beat. I would have liked to have seen a bit more effort to make the ending of the film as exciting as the rest of the movie.

Final Opinion: The ending fell a bit flat, in my opinion, but the overall movie proved to be better than I was expecting and my wife and I did enjoy watching it. 

My Grade: B- 


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