The 6th Day (2000)

The 6th Day (2000)
  • Time: 123 min
  • Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Director: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn


In the near future, cloning is now technically advanced, but human cloning is still illegal. Adam Gibson (Schwarzenegger) returns home after working with his friend Hank Morgan (Rapaport), only to find a clone of himself with his family. Before he has chance to find out the truth, he is attacked by a group who want him dead. Adam must escape and find out the truth from the creator of the clones, Michael Drucker (Goldwyn). Adam knows for sure he couldn’t have been cloned, but isn’t ready for what he’s about to hear.

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  • As time continues to move forward, the technological advances that are made, will too move forward. It’s a movement that will never cease and sometimes has the ability to open doors that shouldn’t be opened. Today, cloning is a possibility – it’s no longer a question of how. The question is when, and would it be a good time to make it available for the public to use. At this time, it’s not an easy question to answer. There are numerous pros and cons that need to be looked at before making anything official. The biggest issue however is, who’s going to be in control of it and can society trust them to take care of it properly. These specific bottom line questions are the basis to this sci-fi thriller. Unfortunately, with that come other problems.

    In this future, cloning another human is an illegal act. When Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) discovers that he’s been cloned, he finds out that out that one of them needs to be taken out. In some respects the story feels like a carbon copy of Total Recall (1990), a much better Schwarzenegger film involving an identity crisis. With that said, there are aspects to the writing that is different because cloning is the footing to the plot. One of the problems is making this an Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle. It’s not to say putting Schwarzenegger in the film was the wrong choice, but making him specifically apart of the plot and not the topic was the wrong decision. If this movie were supposed to raise awareness of cloning, I’m pretty sure people would be more concerned about the topic than an extra Arnold walking around. This is where Roger Spottiswoode misses the mark in his directional skills with this thought-provoking concept.

    Nonetheless, cast wise there is only a few actors worth mentioning because every other character is uninteresting. Schwarzenegger still delivers his lines with comedy so at least there are some lighthearted moments. Tony Goldwyn (the voice of Tarzan from Tarzan (1999)) plays Michael Drucker, a billionaire in the realm of cloning technology. This guy is just like a politician even though he’s not anywhere close to one. Then there’s Robert Duvall playing Dr. Weir, a supporter of cloning. These three characters are the only individuals that have development. The best of these three however is Dr. Weir. There is one specific scene that opens his eyes to reality and its gratifying to see. Oh, there is one other actor worth mentioning here – this is Terry Crews’ film debut. The year 2000 is quite some time ago.

    Other than this, the final elements that complete this movie are not that entertaining. You would think because it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger in a Sci-fi film, it would have decent action. Not here. This movie just contains a lot of laser shootouts. It’s really not that exciting. The special effects that coincide with these aren’t that spectacular either. Trevor Rabin’s synthetic score to the film was average. At times he did emulate the electronic tunes that went well with the genre, but there were also other times where it was just plain and bland. There was no main theme that was memorable. The most obnoxious part of this movie was the editing, and the crew had three editors! It was like they were all fighting for different editing styles. There are numerous cut scenes that zip through the dialog and it’s unclear to what’s going on. That was annoying.

    The few main cast members give okay performances along with its message of the dangers with cloning. Though other than this, much of it is boring. The action, music and the rest of the cast and crew are dull in a number of ways.

    Points Earned –> 5:10

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