Volume 94, Issue 47
Wednesday, November 22, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Two Arnies? God help us!
Photo by Rob McEwan
DIDN'T I DO THIS IN TOTAL RECALL?
The 6th Day
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Directed By: Roger Spottiswoode
By Beth Martin
The modern day fear of cloning is the theme in the newest Arnold Schwarzenegger film, The 6th Day.
In the film, a law prohibiting human cloning called the 6th Day Law, which references the bible passage, "On the sixth day God created man," is created in 2011 after a failed attempt to clone a human.
Thirteen years later, Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lives in a society where deceased family pets can be replaced via "Re-Pet," bananas come in nacho or regular flavours and cars drive themselves.
Replacement Technologies, the parent corporation of smaller cloning companies like Re-Pet, is run by Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn), who has secretly taken cloning to the next level by applying it to humans. Early in the film, football star Johnny Phoenix takes a serious hit during a game, but is surprisingly willing and able to play in his next game. What the citizens of this society don't see is the murder of the dying Johnny in order to clone a new version.
Adam, who runs an air taxi service for snowboarders and skiers, becomes the unwitting product of a 6th Day Law violation when he is illegally cloned. Hitmen are sent after him to destroy the evidence of the highly illegal cloning. Adam spends the rest of the film trying to find out why there is an exact copy of himself making love to his wife and working in his office, leading up to the inevitable fight/chase/explosion scene the trademark of so many Arnold movies.
The 6th Day is a typical Schwarzenegger flick, designed to show off the former Mr. Universe's bulging biceps, complete with shootings, car chases and fight scenes. Adam is a family man, but this image doesn't seem to fit with the fact that in every other scene he is snapping someone's neck like a twig. The trailers state Adam was a fighter pilot in the "Rainforest War," but this fact is not made evident in the film, making it seem out of place when this family man suddenly knows how to kill people with the flick of a wrist.
Traditional and overused techniques of suspense are abundant in this film, such as the antagonist's confession of his plan and the suspense-building last-minute getaway. It's ironic that Schwarzenegger is the subject of a cloning film when, in actuality, he is the closest thing Hollywood has to the perfect human.
The 6th Day is a mix of fairly intelligent glimpses into the future of science and society with dull, formulaic action andsuspense. Stunning special effects and interesting details, are the only redeeming qualities to an otherwise mundane exploration into the world of testosterone.
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