Is there a chance that Gemini Man will be the first successful production screened in such a frame rate that will pave the way for others? Perhaps, but for now, there’s still a lot of work ahead for the famous film company.
Let’s start with the fact that Gemini Man will be a sci-fi thriller in which a retired assassin must confront a younger clone of himself who can predict his every move with unprecedented precision. The lead role of Henry Brogan will be played by Will Smith, and other celebrities like Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen and Benedict Wong will also be seen on screen. Paramount believes that the film, scheduled for release on October 4, will be a huge box office success, but on one condition…
The thing is, according to the director, the key in this case is the 4K 3D experience at 120 frames per second, and he probably knows what he’s talking about because we’re talking about Angu Lee, whose credits include such Oscar-winning hits as The Secret of Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi. Convincing cinema and audiences of such a frame rate won’t be easy, though, because even 60 frames (let alone 120), are already accused of creating an unwanted artificial soap opera effect.
The studio thinks otherwise, however, and has already sent out a special letter to movie theaters in the United States asking them to conduct a series of tests to determine the highest frame rate possible for their screens: – This fall, we’re releasing Ang Lee’s long-awaited action thriller, Gemini Man, with Will Smith. The film’s unique directorial vision includes recording and playback in the most primal and immersive formats. We want to do everything possible to screen a version of the film at a high frame rate so audiences can experience the latest technological improvements in cinema.
Will this bold plan come to fruition? It’s hard to say, but it’s worth remembering that this is not the director’s first attempt with 120 frames, because in 2016 the same vision guided the production of Billy Lynn’s The Longest March, only that it was able to be displayed in this format only in … 4 cinemas around the world, including two in the United States. What is more, the picture was not well received by the critics and for example Rolling Stone believed that such a frame was only distracting. Well, maybe this time it will be better.