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Mark L. Lester
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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. Written by
Ever since the early eighties, one man more than any other has been on the forefront of Hollywood based action, Arnold Schwarznegger - But Arnold has been trying for some time to move away from action films. And with muted sucess the Sixth Day Arnold returns to a movie which has more thought and brains than any of his past two or three films.
However it doesn't fit well into what should be an all-out action fest and it doesn't fit with the direction style.
Set in the "near future", Arnold, or Ah-nuld, is a future helicopter pilot - and wakes up one day to find himself looking at himself - a doppleganger effect if ever there was one. He finds out he has been cloned.
At this point I have expected Arnold to go "beserk" (ref: Rainer Wolfcastle, Simpsons) - but instead we get Arnold walking around trying to discover the truth behind the evil co-operation behind his cloning in a sort of "well I dunno if I want this to be all out action, but I want it to be intelligent as well" kind of manner.
This isn't helped but the direction which goes into pseduo-Tony Scott style mixed with Matrix trickery. Thankfully there is enough darkness in the film with subtle references to Blade Runner and Paul Verhoven's work throughout the film that it doesn't get annoying.
Unfortuently the Matrix trickery does get a little annoying, especally when you get overhead shots of the same freeway with cars going at fast speeds - and Arnold's memory going into "worbly effect" for no reason. I know its his memory, there's no need for it to be "worbly".
There is also the flip-book effect at the end of the movie where you see the whole movie in reverse in double-speed which ends with a part where you seem to think your a clone as well - and this is your memory...it was a nice effect and a nice twist.
The film treds lightly on the subject of cloning, and although you know the film is dead against it, it does try to debate why it might be useful. The empty vessels in the underground lab of the evil corp. seem to be there to scare the uneducated - it takes years to get full humans, even cloning would not get you an exact copy of a person.
The plot gets around this by using "sim-cording's of a person's memory" - this technology in itself is far more frightening than any cloning technology.
The evil guy uses clones for his own, selfish reasons - to make money - clones have "faults" in them so they die every so many years - hence happy customers will pay him billions just to stay alive.
Again this is where the film misses the mark. Perhaps if someone else had starred in this film I could believe an evil guy just wants to make money - but this is an arnold film - I wanted the evil guy to clone the presidents of the world - take over the world or at least something that would hark back to the action that we as audiences have expected from Schwarznegger.
Later on in the film Arnold seems to constantly pat himself on the back when he meets up with his "clone" - it is incredibly hammy - and for some reason I kept thinking Arnold had ventured into Jean Claude Van Damme ego-terrotory.
Anyway, the film lacks from a real edge. It might have twice the Ah-nuld, but it certainly doesn't have twice the action.
Perhaps a good rental, but I certainly wouldn't buy it.
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