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4.0 out of 5 stars Arnie back to his best
After the rather disapointing End of Days Arnie returned with this impressive Sci-fi thriller. Set in the near future the film revolves around the contraversial subject of cloning. The 6th day refers to the biblical referance of God creating man on the 6th day. In the future the 6th day law forbids the cloning of humans. Arnie finds he has been illegally cloned and starts...
Published on 29 Nov 2005 by John Page

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2.0 out of 5 stars "Clone This!"
The latter end of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film career before he turned to politics compromised of a final few hit and misses, and this is sort of in-between. It's not brilliant, but it's not the worst. It's good enough to enjoy for what you'd expect from a generic popcorn Arnie sci-fi film. It's no "Total Recall", but delivers some good action scenes, a...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arnie back to his best, 29 Nov 2005
This review is from: The 6th Day [DVD] (2000) (DVD)
After the rather disapointing End of Days Arnie returned with this impressive Sci-fi thriller. Set in the near future the film revolves around the contraversial subject of cloning. The 6th day refers to the biblical referance of God creating man on the 6th day. In the future the 6th day law forbids the cloning of humans. Arnie finds he has been illegally cloned and starts on a turbo charged mission to regain his identity and expose the organisation responsible.
The film is fast paced, while raising interesting questions about the morals of cloning. Arnies acting is as wooden as ever, but he has such screen presence this can as ever be forgiven. The special effects are good and make for a believable future.
There are a few plot twists along the way building up to a chilling climax.
The DVD features the usual extras, featurettes, making of and trailers.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arnie's back where he belongs, 26 Jun 2001
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This review is from: The 6th Day [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
I was surprised to find myself liking this movie as my views on yet another Arnie 'action' movie are obstacled by a string of predictability. To my delight The 6th Day had everything I wasn't expecting.
Arnie plays the part of Adam Gibson, a fighter pilot and kind hearted family man blessed with a beautiful wife and sensible daughter, events unfold (sorry folks this is really a film where even the slightest plot giveaway can ruin the rest of the film) and he finds he has an illegal human clone of himself who believes has taken away his family. To protect the corporation against a law suit involving human cloning Adam and the clone are hunted.
Arnie soon ends up on the run, shooting, diving, and pounding with those one-liners to get his family and life back, sounds familiar, look no further than Total Recall, the differences in both films are paramount to The 6th Day's success, due to the film being a lot more simpler than Total Recall, thanks to the talented writing team of Carmac and Marianne Wibberley as well as the careful visions of director Roger Spottiswoode. It is is Spottiswoode that makes the film flow, it's an idea that may have turned out to be disaster but Spottiswoode has allowed space to catch up on events as well as discuss the ethical problems that cloning causes within the plot events and not just some goodie goodie mouthing off to save space for a roll of action sequences.
The effects are brilliant, with clever visual rewinds (the one that rewinds form the end to the beginning is a nice touch)makes the film more than just an effects flick but a creative one. Spottiswoode has also made sure not to overcrowd the events with visual imagery that clutters the plot nor confuse us with whats real and whats not.
The DVD is packed with features - 9 behind the scenes featurettes, composer commentary, storyboards as well as CGI storyboards are covered with The making of 'The future is Coming' and other trailers.
Recommended!!!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 6th Day, 25 Jun 2006
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Dave Kraven (Burbage, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The 6th Day [DVD] (2000) (DVD)
Director Roger Spottiswoode greatly mixes science-fiction fantasy with terrific action sequences and a strong plot involving the dire circumstances of human cloning in this spectacular futuristic action thriller in which Arnold "Arnie" Schwarzenegger really shows of his potential as he finds out that he's been cloned and goes on a fully-charged mission to get his identity back. He may be getting old at playing kick-ass leads like this but he's heavily supported by a worthy cast and he shows that he's still got it after all these years. Cue in death-defying stunts, brutal fist-fights and clever witticism as this is one of the best futuristic thrillers I've seen in a while.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Firmly in the above-average category, 19 Feb 2004
This review is from: The 6th Day [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
The title, the trailer and the subject matter (cloning) make you wanna see this film. Add to that the fact arnie is in it makes it all the better. HOWEVER, as many have pointed out already, it gently brushes over the real issues of cloning and romps on with the usual explosions, action, chessy lines and the one-man-against-the-system cliche.
It could have been soooo much better but as it is, its a good film by Arnie. Lets hope his final movie outing before politics takes over full-time is better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Arnie at it again, 18 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The 6th Day [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
Just rewatched this because I wanted to make a comparison with Surrogates [DVD] which I recently saw for the first time.

6th Day is entertaining,with superb special effects,solid supporting actors and a believable plot well executed by the excellent Roger Spottiswoode.

This is Schwarzenegger's greatest asset:his box office appeal invites clever producers to put together a team of creative writers,directors and special effects masters to produce the goods consistently over the years.

If you enjoyed Arnie's Total Recall (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] you are likely to enjoy this.This has more twists and turns than a serpent and does need to be followed more carefully.In my view it's cleverly composed,with only a couple of plot-holes that don't spoil the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film cloning other films, 18 July 2010
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This review is from: The 6th Day [DVD] (2000) (DVD)
That film is not a masterpiece, for sure, even as an action film. But this film goes along with many films with Schwarzenegger that are dealing with the future. We of course think at once of Terminator. But it also deals with another theme that is popular with him: the use of technology and science to enslave humanity, I mean true real human beings. At times this "technology and science" is coming from outer space like in Predator. In this case, like in Total Recall or The Running Man it is coming from humans themselves. In this case it goes slightly further than in other cases. We are not speaking of robots, of the misuse of television and so on, but we are speaking of cloning. What happens when the inventor of a new technology that enables the cloning of a man in twenty minutes, including his mind, memories, etc by the recording of all that via an eye scanner, is using the technology to reproduce himself and his associates? What happens if that inventor is able to inject into each clone a fatal disease that limits his life span to five years maximum, and only the very few at the heart of the plot would be free of that fatal gene or could be cloned again without it? The story of course does not answer these questions really because Adam Gibson (a good old name for the one who will regenerate the creation of God, the creation of the first Adam on the sixth day of his work) self-appoints himself as the one who is going to clean up the plate and he does. The details are in the film. The film adds on this plate the fact that Adam Gibson had been by mistake cloned and then two Adam Gibsons have to cooperate and to survive together, a good lesson of humanity for which the family is the inalienable unit that any man in this family has to defend. Slightly man-centered, but that is no real accident. The man portrayed here is slightly old-fashioned. That's why he is against cloning and that's why he is a slight but gallant male chauvinist. Just watch the film for the action and do not compare with memories of yours. This film borrows a lot from various other films or from novels.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University Paris 8 Saint Denis, University Paris 12 Créteil, CEGID
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Clone This!", 7 Aug 2014
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Mr. C. Gelderd "aka GelNerd" (Basingstoke, UK) - See all my reviews
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The latter end of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film career before he turned to politics compromised of a final few hit and misses, and this is sort of in-between. It's not brilliant, but it's not the worst. It's good enough to enjoy for what you'd expect from a generic popcorn Arnie sci-fi film. It's no "Total Recall", but delivers some good action scenes, a decent story (for the first-half of the film) and good imagery with a few cheesy puns from the Oak.

Touching upon the question of whether cloning humans will be morally acceptable in future society or not, the film starts of well with a basic introduction and then a sudden twist in the tale as our hero discovers he himself has been cloned for reasons unknown, living out his life with his family and friends. Arnie does his best to act the concerned and confused family man who is also pretty adept at using pistols and navigating high-octane car chases to piece together what has happened. I warn you however; Michael Rooker is putting TOO much effort into his role as the security agent tracking down Arnie and feels the need to shout, look tough and gurn most of his action and dialogue in a very straight-to-video-bad-guy sort of way. Keep an eye out for future ‘The Expendables’ co-star Terry Crews in his first, un-memorable film role too as an assassin.

Thanks to a nice and imaginative future, the visuals are slick and entertaining, if at times a little ropey, but this is an action film derived from the director who brought us Pierce Brosnan’s 007 flick ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ 3 years earlier. If you remember this, then the fluffy plot and skipping stone action sequences make sense for that bombastic popcorn entertainment. It’s not been made to showcase Arnie’s natural talent as an action hero, it’s been made as a sci-fi action film that he happens to star in.

However it’s the final act that starts to turn the film into nonsense sadly after a promising start. The plot soon starts to blur into some predicted reality about cloning humans for good or bad, and it tries too hard to be clever and thought provoking, which it fails to do and comes off worse because of it. Throw in some confusing plot twists forcing you to really keep up on what is going on and who is working for who and who is a clone and who isn’t and who is good and who is bad and….well, it can be quite off-putting.

Topped off by a very…meh… villain and motive that stills rings a little hazy, and a final flourish of very dodgy visual effects for an messy heli-plane action sequence that is just un-necessary and quite boring, it doesn’t live up to what it could have been from the outset sadly, and Arnie does his best but isn’t giving anything brilliant to work with.

I don’t like to write off films with action stars I love, and I won’t write this one off completely as it certainly does entertain, it’s just a little messy in places and gives a disappointing finale that is too big on morals and human sentiment (the final scenes try to make a serious point about what it means to be human, and comes across as a pointless monologue from Arnie).

Just leave your brain at the door and "clone this"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars is as good as can get from arnie in the 2000s, 6 Jun 2013
This review is from: The 6th Day [DVD] (2000) (DVD)
Not in the same league as both terminator films, true lies, predator or even commando but just as good as eraser.
The story is pretty generic fair in which it ads nothing much new to sci-fi films but is still entertaining enough to hold your interest and the austrian oak puts in his usual larger than life performance.
The dvd extras are the usual making of, behind the scenes features, trailer, tv spots etc etc. Only comes in english and hungarian audio but has several different subtitles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you really believe that then you should clone yourself while you're still alive., 12 April 2014
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The 6th Day [DVD] (2000) (DVD)
Vilified when it was released, one of the small handful of films that came at the end of Arnold Schwarzenegger's film career before he went into politics, The 6th Day, it was argued, was a good cause for Arnold to retire from film. Yet viewing it now on its own chaotic sci-fi terms, it's a surprisingly brisk and enjoyable picture.

Directed by Roger Spottiswoode, it's a futuristic collage of outrageous set-pieces and thought provoking thematics. Plot has Arnie as an ex-fighter pilot who discovers he has been illegally cloned, and thus he embarks on a mission of carnage and high paced machismo in a bid to get his identity back whilst exposing the evil corporation at the core of such nastiness. So, two Arnie's for the price of one then!

It's not a plot that would hold up under close scrutiny, but then is that what we go into a Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie for? Quite. With some nifty surprises, kinetic action and an ending of some considerable chilling substance, The 6th Day is classic popcorn munching fodder. No it's not in the top tier of Arnie movies, and no it's hardly shaking the foundations of sci-fi cinema, but sometimes comfort food sci-fi has its own rewards for an undemanding occasion. 6.5/10
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie: 3.75/5 Picture Quality: 3.5~4.5/5 Sound Quality: 4/5 Extras: 2.75/5, 22 Aug 2008
Version: U.S.S / Region Free
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50
Running time: 2:03:34
Movie size: 32,765,399,040 bytes
Disc size: 37,850,907,511 bytes
Average video bit rate: 22.96 Mbps
Dolby TrueHD 5.1 16-bit English / Portuguese / French
DD AC3 5.1 640 Kbps Spanish / Thai

Subtitles: English SDH / French (Parisian) Subtitles / Spanish Subtitles / Portuguese Subtitles / Korean Subtitles / Thai Subtitles / Chinese (Mandarin) Subtitles / Chinese (Simplified) Subtitles / Arabic Subtitles / English Subtitles

# Documentary: "On the 6th Day" (SD, 22 minutes)
# TV Special: "The Future is Coming" (SD, 16 minutes)
# Storyboard Comparisons (SD)
# Animatics (SD)
# D-Box
# Theatrical Trailers (HD/SD)
# BD-Live
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