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The 6th day

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Movie propaganda

Are you who you think you are?

Imagine a world free of incurable diseases... a world where animals are no longer threatened by extinction, world hunger has been eradicated, supermarkets are filled with genetically-engineered food and medical laboratories are stocked with cloned human organs waiting to be transplanted... a world so advanced the family pet can be cloned and even tailored to match the decor of your home, or a virtual girlfriend can be designed to your exact specifications... a remarkable world in which the one thing that has eluded man since the beginning of time is finally within his reach - immortality.

But in this world of the near future, in which science has turned fiction into fact, technology has a dark side. Even though it is strictly forbidden under the 6th Day Law - referring to the biblical passage "and god created man on the sixth day" - a ruthless powerbroker is using his advanced genetic-engineering technology to clone human beings for personal gain.

When Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger), an old-fashioned family man and decorated fighter pilot in what was known as the Rainforest War, comes home one night to discover that his life has been stolen by his clone, his perfect existence is erased. Plunged into a sinister world of murder, corruption and high-tech deception, he is torn from his family by thugs Marshall (Michael Rooker) and Talia (Sarah Wynter), who have been sent to destroy him because they cloned the wrong man. Adam is forced into a fight for his life with these relentless assassins, virtually indestructible since, if killed, they can be cloned over and over again.

Adam's quest to get his life back leads to Replacement Technologies, a company masterminded by Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn) - one of the richest men in the world with financial ownership in everything from sports teams to medical research - and his partner Griffin Weir (Robert Duvall), a highly respected scientist. Now that Drucker has realised that Adam can expose the secret that could destroy his empire, he sets out to kidnap and murder him before he can tell a soul. But Drucker did indeed clone the wrong man - because Adam Gibson isn't going down without a fight.

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film science fiction horror gene clone engineer corruption action technology

Persons of interest

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger .... Adam Gibson
  • Michael Rapaport .... Hank Morgan
  • Tony Goldwyn .... Michael Drucker
  • Michael Rooker .... Robert Marshall
  • Sarah Wynter .... Talia Elsworth
  • Wendy Crewson .... Natalie Gibson
  • Rodney Rowland .... P. Wiley
  • Terry Crews .... Vincent
  • Ken Pogue .... Speaker Day
  • Colin Cunningham .... Tripp
  • Robert Duvall .... Dr Griffin Weir
  • Wanda Cannon .... Katherine Weir
  • Taylor Anne Reid .... Clara Gibson
  • Don McManus .... RePet Salesman
  • Steve Bacic .... Johnny Phoenix
  • Ellie Harvie .... Rosie
  • Don S Davis .... Cardinal de la Jolla
  • Daniel Petrie .... Screenwriter
  • John Sayles .... Screenwriter
  • Roger Spottiswoode .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

Finally, the sequel to Total recall!

What do you mean it isn't?

Oh.

Ok then.

But I saw a guy who was once a family man become a superhero to combat the evil forces of technology and greed. Sounds like Total recall to this spud.

So it's cloning instead of mining. You'll never stop mining (just ask Jabiluka) and you'll never stop cloning (just ask Dolly). It's not as if it's immoral (cloning, that is). If it was evil then so would be pacemakers, respirators, life support and cryogenics (not that the latter works but they're working on it). The genie is out of the bottle and no-one wants to put it back in. Except for the Amish but they don't count. Religious people never do.

Anyway, Arnie's done better. The 6th day might've been better on the big screen but it's too late for that now and I refuse to take it further than that.

Intelligence analyst

Agent Phillippe Mejia

Theatrical report

The 6th day is a typical Hollywood thriller - with a good dose of suspense, humour and, of course, plenty of action - that examines the changes to society in the event that human cloning becomes possible.

Although the film presents some ethical concerns and gives you pause to think about the consequences of animal and human cloning, it soon turns itself into a your typical melodrama based on the life of an ordinary guy who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It's mainly an efectista (using lots of visual effects to impress) approach to the issue of human cloning - which, by the way, is presented with a distinct lack of scientific understanding - but, it also has its merits: it's funny and without a shadow of doubt, the action, special effects and near-future society, keep your attention.

The 6th day targets those who go to the movies for entertainment and relaxation, not for lovers of film as a transcendental artistic expression. This is Arnie, what else did you expect?

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, dual layer
  • Picture: Widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Languages: English, Hungarian
  • Subtitles: English, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Hindi, Hebrew, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, Arabic, Turkish
  • 10 behind-the-scenes featurettes
    • Showtime special: the future is coming
    • Another way to fly
    • Finding Sim Pal Cindy
    • The art of the chase
    • Over the cliff, virtual girlfriend
    • In the tank
    • Free falling
    • Detonation
    • Enhancing the look
  • Isolated music score
  • Dommentary by composer Trevor Rabin
  • Theatrical film trailer
  • Talent profiles
  • Bonus movie trailers
  • 3 storyboard to film comparisons
  • 2 animatic to film comparisons
  • Repet infomercial
  • Repet TV spot

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Low level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

118 minutes (1:58 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 January 2001
DVD rental: 22 August 2001
DVD retail: 22 August 2001
VHS rental: 22 August 2001

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