AV Avenger

Home Cinema Choice|Xmas 2019

AV Avenger
Director Ang Lee is once again bringing high-frame-rate video to the multiplex. But, says Steve May, this is one technological development he's struggling to get behind
Steve May

ANG LEE’S SCI-fiflick Gemini Man may well have killed offthe prospect of a High Frame Rate (HFR) cinematic future once and for all.

The movie, the most ambitious yet to challenge cinema’s 24-frame-per-second paradigm, landed to weak reviews, and belly-flopped at the box office.

Projected losses are estimated to be around $75m. Of course, the movie will recoup some of that on its home release, but none will be down to Lee’s techy preoccupation. You can push the envelope as far as you want, but if cinema-goers aren’t buying, maybe the destination isn’t worth the journey.

High hopes for high-frame-rate

Despite previous critical failures – notably the 48fps version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and more recently Lee’s Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk – Paramount’s HFR hopes were high for this outing.

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