I think Gemini is best described as a mysterious slow-burning thriller that is light on the actual mystery, but heavy on the stunning visuals along the way. It was a pleasant surprise as I had low expectations going into the theater.
Jill (Lola Kirke) is the personal assistant/BFF to Hollywood starlet Heather (Zoe Kravitz). They have a complex relationship because while they are “employer and employee” they are also one another’s confidante and emotional support system. When Heather is found murdered in her swanky mansion the police automatically suspect Jill. Gemini follows the accused as she sets out to uncover who killed her friend and why.
Gemini seems to lack a definite plot throughout the first half of the film, which didn’t bother me because I was so distracted by how stylish everyone looked set against the cool backdrop of Los Angeles. All of the colors and the way the film is shot is reminiscent of a giant Instagram filter, which I suspect was intentional on the part of the filmmaker.
It was very enticing and reflective of the current obsession with the glam lifestyle that is no doubt heavily influenced by social media celebrities.
Gemini features fine acting by its leads Kravitz and Kirke, particularly the latter although I struggled with connecting to Jill and her life. I sat through the entire film and I’m still unsure what kind of person she truly is. The script seems to suggest that there is something more to her than meets the eye. Perhaps it’s just the fact that she is a fish out of water in this Hollywood world of make-believe.
The ending was fairly open-ended and that left me wondering what the importance of the story was. It could be the fact that you may not know as much as you think you do in regards to friendships. Or that one-sided friendships can cost more than you bargained for.
If you’re really into murder mysteries that leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat this may not be the one for you. However, it’s a solid film that I did find engaging from the very beginning. If you are a fan of movies with meandering plots that ease into the action you’ll probably like this one!
Gemini is directed by Aaron Katz and stars Lola Kirke, Zoe Kravitz, John Cho, Greta Lee, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Reeve Carney, Nelson Franklin, and Ricki Lake.
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