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First let me get something out of the way. Gemini Man is one of the most visually stunning movies I've ever seen in terms of film quality. It was filmed with 4k cameras and only about 14 theaters in the U.S. were able to screen it in its full glory. If you watch this movie, the image on screen might ruin other movies for you. Looks better than IMAX, RPX, Dolby Cinema, etc...in fact the 3D added even more realism.
Now for the reality of the actual movie. Gemini Man plays like a decent straight to Bluray movie with a blockbuster budget and actor. I mean the plot of a retired assassin fighting his own younger clone is something you'd see in a B-action movie. The action scenes are really well choreographed here; it's like a mix of John Wick, The Transporter, and Jet Li martial arts films.
The negative is that there's a lot of talking in between action scenes, a little too much for an "action film." Also the PG-13 rating doesn't help it's cause to stand out.
Now for the real deal, CGI young Will Smith. Yes he looked amazing, especially on close ups and even when he shared the screen with old Will Smith. However, on farther shots, you could definitely tell young Will was not real. I think Marvel Studios did a better job making their older actors young.
Decent action movie, nothing to harp about except the fact that it is a visual treat. I would definitely recommend it as a rental but no need to watch it on screen unless you go to a theater that can play the movie in all its visual glory. In case you're wondering, the AMC in Aventura is one of them.
This "final" installment of the Rambo Saga borrows elements from movies like Taken (similar plot), Sicario (dark gritty locations and atmosphere), and Saw (horrifically gory kills). Stallone feels more Rocky then Rambo in his performance, but that's a good thing. Also Yvette Monreal (Rambo's niece) gives a really heart wrenching performance here. It is a straight to the point revenge flick who's reason for gory revenge is caused by a very dark and real situation that is rampant in the world today.
In fact once this is established, you will either cheer for the Saw-esque kills of the "bad guys" and the fact that these kill scenes would make Jason Voorhies and Michael Myers proud or hate it all because it's "too mich". It all depends on your sensitivities, but in reality, it's a Rambo movie, did your expect an Oscar wining plot and performance?
It makes sense now why most critics hate it and most fans love it. Because this movie's gore and themes are so dark that a "top critic" would be crucified on social media for even acknowledging that this movie was entertaining. Which to me (and my girlfriend), it was.
Again, if you like a good old fashioned (Like original Death Wish) revenge flick and don't mind the ultra realistic gore then you'll love this. The last act of the film might as well be called Saw: Rambo style. But, you should definitely stay away if you have a week stomach.
FINAL REVIEW: 7.5 out of 10. This movie prepares you for revenge by hitting you in the feels first. Get ready for dark and gory times with John Rambo.
Perhaps the best live action remake Disney has made, The Jungle Book shows you just how flawed The Lion King remake was. From it's amazing "non politically" picked cast to CGI animals that actually show emotion when they talk. It is truly a masterpiece of a movie.
Neel Sethi (Mowgli) gives an amazing performance given he's interacting with CGI animals that aren't in front of him. Of course it helps when your voice acting cast are actual actors. Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, is perfect, you really feel his vengeful spirit. Bill Murray as the lazy but lovable bear Baloo is hilarious. Ben Kingsley kills it as the wise panther (or leopard?) Bagheera. Scarlett Johansson as the seductive giant snake Kaa was really good. Christopher Walken gives a creepy but awesome performance as the giant Orangutan King Louie.
The reality is that this movie was PROPERLY CASTED and you feel the results throughout the whole adventure because the animals do feel alive with emotion. You never feel like someone is just reading a script in a booth (like you do many times in Lion King) and that helps deliver the message of "accepting others even though different" very well.
The story is not a complete copy of the original (unlike Lion King) which helps give it more freshness. I don't know how director Jon Farveau's (he directed both Jungle Book and Lion King) two movies could feel so apart from each other in quality. Perhaps Disney executives got involved in the casting of the most recent movie? The original Jungle Book is not a very popular animated film in my opinion, so maybe that's why Disney selected ACTORS NOT SINGERS for this one.
FINAL REVIEW: 9.5 out of 10. Masterpiece.