Henry Brogan’s international hitman days have taken their toll, leaving him feeling soulless and alone. But one day into retirement, Henry (Will Smith) discovers that the federal government has used his last kill to conceal Gemini—a secret soldier-cloning project founded by Clay Verris (Clive Owen).
Since Henry knows the secret, he is now Verris’ target, but so is FBI agent Danny Zakarweski (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Henry and Danny play cat and mouse with Verris, bouncing all over the globe to unearth each other’s biggest fears. Verris seems to have the upper hand when Henry discovers that the hitman who’s after him is his younger self, better known as Clay Junior (also played by Smith).
Henry must convince Clay Junior that Verris isn’t his father, but his genetic cloner who’s using his and Henry’s near-perfect soldier techniques to test his own theories. Along the way, these alter egos bump heads but discover that the inherent flaws within each of us make us special.
Gemini Man forces viewers to process the inherent sin behind cloning people, recognizing that “playing God with DNA” is wrong. It also identifies the human soul that needs to love and be loved. As usual, Smith owns his characters and the international settings are beautiful, but nonetheless, heavy, heavy language and countless on-screen deaths rate this film Not Dove-approved.