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6th Day

A movie directed by Roger Spottiswoode

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Arnold Returns in a Big Way

  • Dec 1, 2000
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+3
Pros: Good Action, Interesting topic.

Cons: Standard Action film storyline

A few years back, scientists shocked the world by announcing that they had cloned a sheep. Cloning had long been the stuff of science fiction, and all of a sudden, here it was as a factual basis. Soon after the cloning announcement, the lawmakers of the country, the scientists, and the religious community undertook the great debate. Human cloning, is it legal, and is it ethical? The debate was laid to rest as cloning a human was said to be impossible, and that sheep were a unique creature that made them ideal for cloning. The debate seemed to be forgotten until scientists cloned a cow and a monkey, and a scientist announced that he had managed to get human cells to replicate in an early step of the cloning process. Once again the debates were raised, and once again, the cloning of a human was deemed to be an illegal and unethical practice.
It is from this backdrop that Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his return to the big screen in “The Sixth Day”. The story opens in the very near future where high tech items such as holographic maids, self driving cars, and pet cloning, are common place.
Schwarzenegger plays, Adam Gibson, a helicopter pilot who is a loving family man. All seems well in his life until he comes home one night to see another man with his family. The matter is further complicated by the man being an exact ringer of himself. The shock of seeing another man in his home has barely worn off, when mysterious people arrive telling him that he was cloned, and he must leave before anyone can see him. Before Gibson can ask any questions, the strangers try to kill him, leaving Gibson on the run for his life, not knowing where to turn, and how his ordinary world could be upturned so quickly.
Before long, Gibson is not only trying to save his own life, but that of his family as he has become and unwitting pawn in a much larger game.
The title of the film was originally going to be “On the Sixth Day” in reference to Genesis where God created man on the sixth day of the creation of the Universe. The film raises some interesting questions regarding the ethics of cloning, by showing both the positive and negative sides of the debate. Schwarzenegger gives a restrained yet effective performance as Gibson, and the supporting cast of Robert Duvall, Michael Rappaport, and Michael Rooker is effective. The film was directed by James Bond veteran Roger Spottiswoode, and mixes, humor, drama, and action to provide an entertaining film that does what few action films do, makes the audience think. People ready to write off Schwarzenegger as a fading action star might want to rethink this conclusion, as “The Sixth Day” shows that Arnold can still deliver the goods.

3.5 stars out of 5

Gareth J. Von Kallenbach




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review by . December 04, 2000
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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 …
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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...
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Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (March 27, 2001)
Runtime: 2hr 4min
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