Ang Lee's Action-Sci-Fi 'Gemini Man' - Starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong

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Ang Lee's career has been a rather odd one. Of course, the greatness of his peak years (1994-2005) can never be underestimated: "Sense and Sensibility," "The Ice Storm," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and "Brokeback Mountain." Post-2005? It's been a little more up and down. I really liked "Lust, Caution" but many felt it was the beginning of Lee's dip into lower quality cinema. I can't say I disagree with that aforementioned assessment, especially when it comes to "Taking Woodstock," "Life of Pi," and "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," all major studio films which had Lee's poetic style stripped for a more mainstream affair. 

Lee's upcoming film "Gemini Man" is another major studio project for the Taiwanese-born filmmaker. It stars Will Smith as "An over-the-hill hitman that faces off against a younger clone of himself," and will be using Industrial Light and Magic "de-aging" on Smith. This is the same company that worked on “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Michael Douglas appearing much younger in “Ant-Man” and the de-aging on Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's upcoming "The Irishman." 

Let's hope Lee has regained his artistic footing with "Gemini Man" because American cinema could sure use an Ang Lee at the summit of his powers right now. Lee is 64 years-old and not a spring chicken anymore, something tells me he will bounce back eventually, his talent is too hard to ignore, maybe a venture into lower-budgeted interdependent filmmaking could prove to be very beneficial for a career renaissance. "Gemini Man" is not that but it nevertheless sounds intriguing enough.

"Gemini Man" will be released on October 4th, 2019