There are very few stars in the history of Hollywood who have generated more money than Will Smith over the past 23 years. Ever since “Independence Day” hit the big screen in 1996, Smith has been one of the biggest box office stars in the world. He has had the unique ability to attract people of all ages and races to his movies. His choice of scripts has also been very diverse. In many cases, he has been involved in big blockbusters that have huge budgets. However, he has also had his share of bombs along the way. One of the biggest mistakes of his career was a movie adaptation of the popular 1960s TV show called “Wild, Wild West.” The film was a major flop that did not even come close to making back the enormous amount of money that it cost to produce.
Will Smith’s new film is called “Gemini Man.” It is another very expensive film because of the cutting-edge special effects that are used. The project was overseen by legendary director Ang Lee who has been responsible for such classics as “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” However, this new film is destined not to be as beloved as his previous work. The gimmick of the movie is that there is a version of Will Smith in the film that is much younger. It is created by computers and is totally realistic. The real Smith interacts with his computer-generated younger self throughout the film.
It would seem that the gimmick of a younger Will Smith was not enough to get audiences into the theater. “Gemini Man” was a flop on its opening weekend. It only made $20 million in the United States during its first three days of release. The overseas totals for the film are also not encouraging. The film cost almost $140 million to make. The film has not opened in China yet. However, American films have not done well in China recently if they do not involve superheroes. That does not bode well for “Gemini Man.”
There are many theories floating around online as to why the response to “Gemini Man” has been lukewarm. One of the main reasons has been the terrible reviews. The film has been slammed for being all style and no substance. Another reason has been the phenomenon of the “Joker” movie that opened a week earlier.