Last updated on October 11, 2019
When it’s the late Carrie Fischer’s cameo appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) or Robert DeNiro at Martin Scorsese’s coming The Irishman, electronic de-aging of celebrities is your gimmicky new fad in Hollywood.
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and the visual effects team at New Zealand’s Weta Digital have used the procedure to make a digitized individual (in this instance Will Smith at age 23) from scratch.
Unfortunately, the results of the jiggery-pokery is unconvincing, with Will Smith coming across as dead in the avatar of this replica assassin.
Worse, the two-decades-plus gestation period (during this time Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford were one of people who evinced interest in the job but finally backed out) accentuates the hackneyed nature of the script.
An elite marksman (Smith), together with 72 kills to his credit, decides to call it a day. Up to now, so formulaic. Input the clone (guess who?)
The storyline whisks across many exotic places which range from Belgium into Colombia and Budapest, before culminating at a pyromaniacal resolution.
If Gemini Man isn’t any sign about the plan of cinema, it is possibly time for the moderate to revert to its infancy and inform anew straightforward, emotionally relatable stories with of the attendant brouhaha.