The 6th Day

"Good"

The 6th Day Review


You've seen the ads. You know the story. So is The 6th Day the same movie as Total Recall, just without the blonde? Not really, but don't feel bad if you have a little déjà vu along the way.

Rest assured, you're watching an Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle. This time he's not a spy or a commando, he's Adam Gibson, an extreme snowboarding tour guide in the not-so-distant future, an era that includes a company called RePet can clone your dog, cat, or snake. Or you can pick up a Sim-Pal, a child-size doll (with real hair that grows) that makes for one of the creepiest props I've seen since that miniature, squirting chicken in Eraserhead.

One day in this utopia, our lovable hero returns home from work to discover that, a la RePet, he's been cloned and a doppelganger has taken over his life. Say what!? Everyone knows human cloning is illegal. Before you can say "I'll be back," Arnie finds himself on the run from goons intent on killing him -- if only he could figure out who -- and why -- they wanted him dead!

Of course, that reason just might have a little something to do with Tony Goldwyn's multi-billionaire bad guy Drucker, who turns out to be building some kind of illicit clone empire that is near-unstoppable. Clone hitman gets killed? Just re-clone him and send him back out into the field to bust some heads!

For the first time on film, it's Arnie vs. Arnie as the real Adam comes to terms with his alter ego, only he understandably finds he has trouble kicking his own ass. Why? Because this is the era of a kinder, gentler Arnold. A PG-13 Arnold. A pacifist Arnold that only kills four thugs instead of the usual two dozen during a shooting spree.

Much of The 6th Day serves as little more than an excuse to show off a bunch of gee-whiz effects, a lot of which is reminiscent of Schwarzenegger's Eraser. And while some of the FX really are gee-whiz, some -- like the extremely annoying "high-tech" wipes that work as scene transitions -- are tedious and look more like music video sequences.

A lot of this unevenness can be chalked up to director Roger Spottiswoode, the man probably best known for helming the limp James Bond vehicle Tomorrow Never Dies but also responsible for movies like Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot and Turner & Hooch. Then again, I suppose Spottiswoode is no more out of his element that Arnold Schwarzenegger is as producer.

So is all this talk of cloning possible -- namely that you can copy a person's personality and all their memories by flashing a light in their eyes, or that you can clone a whole person in two short hours? Well... what The 6th Day lacks in scientific feasibility it makes up for with some much-needed humor. Now, a little phony science I can forgive, but what's less forgivable is that The 6th Day is so damn boring! Where are the thrills? Sure Arnie hangs out of a helicopter once, but much of the film takes place behind corporate doors discussing the right and wrongs of the clone debate. Hardly a True Lies with, you know, a nuke or two going off.

Ultimately, The 6th Day turns out to be a curious modern morality fable, one that comes out distinctly on the anti-cloning side. But I'm not sure if Spottiswoode isn't sending mixed messages here. After all, two Arnolds!? What could be wrong with that?

...but two days too late.



The 6th Day

Facts and Figures

Run time: 123 mins

In Theaters: Friday 17th November 2000

Box Office USA: $33.8M

Box Office Worldwide: $34.5M

Budget: $82M

Distributed by: Columbia Pictures

Production compaines: Columbia Pictures, Phoenix Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Fresh: 47 Rotten: 69

IMDB: 5.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Adam Gibson, as Hank Morgan, as Michael Drucker, as Robert Marshall, as Talia Elsworth, as Dr. Griffin Weir, as Natalie, Taylor-Anne Reid as Clara, Andrew McIlroy as Scott Moore, Alexandra Castillo as Reporter, Steve Bacic as Johnny Phoenix, Wanda Cannon as Katherine Weir

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

Swallows and Amazons Movie Review

After a number of films, TV series and stage adaptations, Arthur Ransome's beloved 1930 novel...

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

David Brent: Life on the Road Movie Review

The original BBC sitcom The Office ran for 14 episodes from 2001 to 2003, and...

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

The Childhood of a Leader Movie Review

Bold and intelligent, this dark drama is a challenging portrait of the making of an...

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

Pete's Dragon Movie Review

This hugely enjoyable adventure is a loose remake of the 1977 Disney hit that blended...

The Shallows Movie Review

The Shallows Movie Review

With a simple premise and plenty of visual style, Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) takes...

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Movie Review

Watching this gross-out comedy, it's clear that the gifted cast and crew had a great...

Nerve Movie Review

Nerve Movie Review

With a premise that feels almost eerily current, this stylish thriller revolves around a phone...

Advertisement
The Carer Movie Review

The Carer Movie Review

Brian Cox gets the role of a lifetime in this warm comedy about living life...

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Born to Be Blue Movie Review

Writer-director Robert Budreau takes a stylised approach to this biopic of the legendary jazz artist...

Jason Bourne Movie Review

Jason Bourne Movie Review

It's been nine years since Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass collaborated on The Bourne Ultimatum,...

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

The Commune [Kollektivet] Movie Review

Veteran Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt) returns to a smaller homegrown story after...

The BFG Movie Review

The BFG Movie Review

For his adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Steven Spielberg reunited with screenwriter Melissa Mathison,...

Finding Dory Movie Review

Finding Dory Movie Review

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker...

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action....

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.