NEW YORK — Ang Lee has found a new religion in digital filmmaking. But after brutal responses from critics, his quest to remake cinema with crystalline digital imagery and 3-D effects is finding few followers.
This weekend, Lee will release into theatres the latest result of his newfound digital faith, “Gemini Man.”
It stars Will Smith as a government assassin who discovers his former mentor cloned him. Like Lee’s previous film, the Iraq War veteran tale “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” ”Gemini Man” was made with a frame rate of 120 frames-per-second and in 3-D.
And like “Billy Lynn,” the response from critics has been rough. Reviewers have criticized the film’s uninspired storyline but critics’ primary contention is with the hyper-realism of its high-frame rate.
Jake Coyle ~ The Associated Press
AS CINEMA ATTENDANCE DROPS, DIRECTOR ANG LEE TAPS TECHNOLOGY TO LURE FANS BACK TO THEATRES
Oscar-winning director hopes high frame rate, 3D and a digital Will Smith can compete with home entertainment
When’s the last time you went to a movie?
Chances are you’re not going as often as you used to. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, the number of film tickets sold in the U.S. and Canada has dropped from 5.25 per person annually in 2002 to 3.5 in 2018.
Just think of what it takes to get you to the movies these days.
Yes you, with your comfy couch, state-of-the-art soundbar, and multiple streaming subscriptions. READ MORE