Will Smith’s film Gemini Man has ground breaking effects, including a digitally created, younger double version of Smith as the main antagonist. The two Smiths square off as they pursue each other around the world. One of the locations that will feature prominently is our beautiful Cartagena, Colombia. Read on to learn more about Gemini Man and its filming on location in Cartagena.
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*This article was originally published just before the film was released in theaters. If you missed it, you can pick it up from Amazon. You might also be interested in a free trial of Prime Video. While the film didn’t get the best reviews, it does have great special effects and features the beautiful Cartagena.
According to its Wikipedia page, Gemini Man had floated around Hollywood as a concept since 1997. In 2016, it was finally picked and green lit for shooting by Skydance Media. The film tells the story of a master hitman who is cloned and then targeted by his younger self.
The film was shot on location in Georgia, in Budapest, and in Cartagena. The film shoot caused quite a stir in Cartagena, and Will Smith had nothing but great things to say about the city!
You can check out a video he released on his YouTube channel below praising Cartagena and highlighting his time in the city. Besides showing off some great shots of the city, you can even see Smith learn to dance Champeta!
Smith’s son, Jaden also filmed a music video remix for the song “Icon” with the Colombian artist Nicky Jam on the streets of Cartagena. See it on YouTube here.
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What Scenes Were Filmed in Cartagena?
A significant part of the second act of the film takes place in Cartagena. The older Smith flees the US after assassins attempt to kill him, and he meets up with a friend in Cartagena.
However, it isn’t long before the younger, clone version comes after him.There’s a scene where is trying to get a clear shot at someone through waving Cartagena flags at the Plaza Trinidad in Getsemaní.
A tense shootout then occurs amidst the colonial era buildings in Getsemaní, before a motorcycle chase that runs atop the city walls and through the streets of Cartagena ensues.
The chase culminates in a standoff in front of the Teatro Adolfo Mejía (also known as the Teatro Heredia). The elder Smith succeeds in getting away after a fight in the middle of the street.
There’s also a lovely shot of the the Castillo San Felipe overlooking the historic city center.
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The film then moves on to other pastures for its final act. Still, the film was a great chance for the city to show itself off and get some much deserved international attention.
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See the full trailer below:
Did You See Gemini Man?
The film didn’t get the best reviews, and the story is a big convoluted and not the best executed. However, the technology used to create the younger Smith was pretty convincing, and the action scenes are pretty wicked.
Plus, the scenes in Cartagena show off the city and show it in a nice light. It’s surprising to me that more films are not shot here to take advantage of the city’s beauty. Hopefully, Gemini Man is the first of more to come.
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