Pros: Robert Duvall; interesting concept; Michael Rappaport
Cons: cliche bad guys; mediocre script; odd cinematography
"I want my life back."
This is the sentence that I remember most from the trailers of The Sixth Day. Going into a film selected by my date, I had no idea of what to expect. Man gets cloned. Clone takes over life. Man tries to get life back. That's the idea that I had from all of the advertisements I had seen.
Well, I was sort of right. It's man gets cloned. Clone lives man's life and man sees it. Man tries to get life back. Man and clone kick some serious butt with a laser gun.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Adam Gibson, man and clone. As much as I love Arnold, he really doesn't do it for me in this film. It would have been much more interesting to see Wesley Snipes or Harrison Ford in this role. (Okay, maybe Harrison wouldn't have been as believable kicking butt, but you get my idea.) He's sweet as the dad, real as the owner and pilot of a helicopter charter company, cute as the husband, but that's about it. Arnold lacks the dramatic skills to play Adam Gibson. Maybe it's the accent; I don't know. Yes, this film is of the action and science-fiction genre. However, if you use better actors, this film could have entered into the drama genre as well.
Michael Rappaport plays Hank, Adam's best friend and business partner. He adds an element of comic relief that's supposed to be there, not just chuckles from lines that seem awkward coming out of his mouth (much like Arnold's lines). He's sweet and funny, and he plays a good supporting role.
Robert Duvall plays the strange Dr. Weir, the man behind all of the cloning. He loves his wife Katherine very much, and will do anything not to lose her -- including cloning her. I like Robert Duvall whenever I see him. However, I'm left wondering what happened to him in the end. (I don't want to spoil anything.)
There are a lot of questions that are left unanswered. My date and I kept looking at each other in confusion, as if asking, "What did I just miss?" The end is cheesy and happy, and very non-science fiction. I was disappointed.
The cliche bad guys, mediocre script and odd cinematography knock my rating down 2 stars. Sorry, but Arnold knocks it down one more. If you really want to see this, you might as well wait for video.
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In the not-too-distant future, when pets can be cloned after they die and "virtual girlfriends" can be installed and programmed, Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) works as a helicopter tour pilot. On his birthday he comes home to discover an identical version of himself--an illegal human clone--celebrating with his family and friends. The next thing he knows, a squad of killers is after him in order to hide the evidence of their cloning activities, funded by Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn), a powerful businessman who hopes to make billions from human cloning in collaboration with his medical expert, Dr. Griffin Weir (Robert Duvall). Of course, nobody believes Adam when he says there's an impostor living his life, and soon he has to take matters into his own hands while being chased by bad guys who won't stay dead thanks to the magic of cloning and Syncordings, instant memory downloads. THE 6TH DAY is an intriguing sci-fi thriller, combining science fact and fiction with everything viewers could want fro...