Director Ang Lee purposely shot the film in 120-frames-per-second, in 4K and 3D, all in the name of upping the realism between lead star Will Smith and his digitally, de-aged clone counterpart, “Junior.” This filming technique is also ideal for capturing smooth, slow motion action sequences that typically play out quickly in real time.
Unfortunately, the high frame rate means that the majority of U.S. theaters have not been able to present Gemini Man in its intended format, which might be part of the reason that Smith is now urging cinemagoers to seek out and experience the 3D version of the sci-fi epic.
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Originally conceived in 1997 with Tony Scott billed to direct, Gemini Man went through development hell for almost 20 years, in which time the story endured several rewrites, with multiple directors attaching and detaching themselves from the project, and various actors assigned to the lead role, including Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, and Clint Eastwood.
Eventually, the long-gestating action flick made it to the big screen for an outing that we called “uneven but ambitious” in our review, saying, “fans of 3D cinema will likely be impressed by how well the format suits the film even if it only really makes use of it for around half of the runtime.”
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.