Science fiction and fantasy
The 6th Day
directed by Roger Spottiswoode
One day Gibson has the bad luck to have a contract to transport Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn), an influential company executive. This is where his troubles begin.
Gibson comes home to discover that his life has been stolen by his clone. His replica has his appearance, his abilities, and his memories. However people are out to get him, because there can't be two copies of the same person on the loose. If Gibson were allowed to live, the secret of human cloning would be out. The cloning also endangers his whole family, because if they see both copies of him their lives will also be forfeit.
There's a lot of action, and a younger actor might have been better in the leading role. But the story deals with some interesting issues without getting bogged down with too many car chases and explosions.
The clones themselves are created in a matter of hours, for the sake of fitting everything in to a fast-paced movie. It's not a realistic depiction of the rather more mundane process of cloning from birth. Instead there are some impressive special effects, particularly as the clones take on the characteristics of the people they will become. And the effects aren't limited to cloning. There are self-drive cars, holographic wives and lawyers, biometric scans, helicopters that change into planes, and so on. The movie is bursting with the details of a shiny, advanced future.
The 6th Day poses the question, what would you do if someone you loved died and you had the opportunity to make a complete copy of them? And what would happen if the power to secretly make copies of people was concentrated in the wrong hands? This film is a satisfying mix of high-octane thrills, good effects and intriguing issues. Some of the hired goons are a little one-dimensional, but on the whole the cast is convincing. It's an effective and enjoyable cautionary tale.
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